Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Land in Brazil

Land, its ownership, demarcation, use, settlement and exploitation have been and remain at the heart of many of the social struggles in Brazil.
Brazil promised "Green Games for a Blue Planet". But did it deliver?
Former LAB editor Javier Farje visited Caracas recently and explored communities and walked the streets of the Venezuelan capital to find a people who are not prepared to give up just yet.
Every day at 5pm, give or take half an hour, the figures detailing the numbers of fatalities, recoveries and new cases of Covd-19 become available and then at 6pm for an hour, Colombia’s President Ivan Duque provides a televised address to the nation. The President, seated beside props of generic and unused hand sanitizer and a clear plastic medical...
Panic and despair in Favela do Metrô-Mangueira, next to the World Cup final stadium, as authorities order demolition of 12 homes.
8 July 2020. In Colombia, children from the Chocó Robotics Club located in one of the remotest, poorest, and most violence-scarred departments, have used their resources to create plastic masks for medical staff working in the underfunded hospitals that lack basic tools to confront the coronavirus. People are used to facing problems alone in this region as they cannot...

Calles Compartidas, Santiago

Calles Compartidas (Shared Streets) is a pilot initiative which, based on UK experiences of sustainable transport and citizen participation, attempts to change the way we use city streets so as to fight climate change. The first pilot project is taking place in the Lastarria and Bellas Artes neighbourhoods of Santiago. More information at www.callescompartidas.org  
Born from a UNLive initiative aimed at utilising culture as a tool for environmental change, the Colombia-based collective Vozterra channel grassroots responses to climate change and the decline of biodiversity.
Mexico has a vast army of informal workers who receive little in the way of formal state benefits. Covid lockdowns have hit them hard and only neighbourhood cooperation is helping them survive.
In the Praça (Square) Homero Silva, on Avenida Pompeia, there is a pavement where water tenaciously insists in welling up from underground. Houses were built here, and later demolished. Developers wanted to drain the area, but the spring remains, tunelling under this dry part of the city and keeping it wet... It's the spring versus the buildings, a...

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