Sunday, May 26, 2024

Editor's picks

FILM: The Future is in our Territories

In a new LAB film, environmental defenders discuss their territorial work and the Americas-wide alliance for racial and climate justice

Moira Millán: urgent situation of Indigenous people in Patagonia

Moira and Vilma had travelled from southern Patagonia to Europe to spread awareness of the urgent situation for Indigenous peoples in the south of Argentina, and to strengthen bonds of international solidarity. 

KANUA: the first floating film festival to navigate the Ecuadorian Amazon

Kanua, the Amazonian Floating Film Festival, brought cinema to remote communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon on a solar-powered canoe.

Mexico: guardians of the cenotes

The Kanan Ts'ono'ot collective is making history in Mexico by demanding that cenotes be granted legal status and the Maya people named as their guardians against threats posed by industrial farming.

Suriname has 93 percent forest cover; we want to keep it...

Suriname is the most forested country on earth, with 93 percent forest cover. At COP-23 in Bonn, the Suriname government pledged to work towards keeping 93 percent forest cover, forever. The Forest93 campaign is leading the way.

Yuturi Warmi, Ecuador’s first Indigenous guard led by Kichwa women

In 2020, over 40 Kichwa women began to organise themselves in defence of their territory and to expel mining from the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is how Yuturi Warmi, the first Indigenous guard led by women in the region began.

LAB’s Environmental Defenders series aims to inspire, inform, and motivate an English-speaking public to connect with grassroots environmental activists’ work in Latin America and the Caribbean, influencing thinking in the Global North away from extractivism as part of a global struggle for environmental justice. It highlights both the dangers defenders face and their achievements in protecting their habitats and communities.

We are working in partnership with trusted Latin American independent outlets. Find a full list, as well as further details of the series, here.

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Latin America is the most dangerous region in the world to be an environmental defender. But this doesn’t stop activists, territorial guards, Indigenous communities, and environmental associations from taking action.

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Marcela López Levy, editor and translator
Argentinian researcher, writer, and translator focused on social justice. Editor at LAB 1997-2004, current LAB Chair. Author of Argentina under the Kirchners: The legacy of left populism (2017) and We are Millions: neo-liberalism and new forms of political action in Argentina (2004). Terricide translator.

Linda Etchart, contributor and editor
Lecturer in Human Geography at Kingston University and Senior Co-Chair of the Environment Section of the Latin American Studies Association in Pittsburgh. Regular contributor to the EDs series, author of “Indigenous Peoples and the Rights of Nature” in ‘Voices of Latin America’ and ‘Global Governance of the Environment, the Rights of Nature and Indigenous Peoples: Extractive Industries in the Ecuadorian Amazon’. Ecuador specialist.

Ana Reyes-Hurt, contributor
Coordinator of the Peru Support Group, UK, an independent NGO that works with Peruvian groups and an international network to defend human rights, promote social inclusion and strengthen democracy. Peru specialist.

Fiona Watson, researcher
Field and research director at Survival International international NGO which works with tribal peoples to defend their lives, protect their lands, and determine their own futures. Expert in environmental impacts of deforestation in the northern Amazon state of Roraima in Brazil. Advisor on Amazon in the Times of War.

Marilene Cardoso Ribeiro, photographer and artist
Award-winning photographer and ecologist whose works investigate the relationship between human beings and nature. MSc in Ecology and Wildlife Conservation and Management, PhD in photography. Ribeiro’s works focuses on Brazil as a window to discuss worldwide phenomena. Brazil specialist.

Marcos Colón, documentary-maker, academic, writer
Producer and director of two documentary films Beyond Fordlândia: An Environmental Account of Henry Ford’s Adventure in the Amazon (2018) and Zo’é (2018), based on experiences with the Zo’é Amazonian tribe, who have had little to no contact with the outside world. Editor and creator of Amazonia Latitude, a digital environmental magazine and LAB partner. Amazon in the Times of War author.

Moira Millán, Mapuche weychafe, land activist, writer
Indigenous Mapuche weychafe (‘protective warrior’), land activist and writer. Millán founded the Movement of Indigenous Women and Diversities for Good Living and is one of the leaders of the Indigenous ancestral lands recovery movement in Argentina. She is a novelist (El tren del olvido, 2019) and scriptwriter (La rebelión de las flores, 2022). Terricide author.

Sue Branford, editor
Journalist who has written for The FT, the Economist, the Observer, BBC World Service, The Times, the Guardian, and Mongabay. She specialises in environmental reporting, particularly on the Amazon. Sue has published five books, including The Last Frontier – Fighting over Land in the Amazon and Cutting the Wire – the Story of the Landless Movement in Brazil, which was awarded the Vladimir Herzog human rights prize. Amazon specialist.

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