Across Latin America, mining has expanded massively in recent decades. Vast landscapes have been stripped to feed the factories of Europe, North America and Asia – and not only in traditional mining regions, but also in hitherto pristine areas in places like Argentine Patagonia, the Amazon Rainforest and the Guatemalan Highlands.
But communities aren’t taking this lying down. All over the region, hundreds of affected communities have been fighting to protect their land, their water, and their traditional ways of life – and in some cases have achieved some remarkable victories, with lessons for social movements and environmental activists everywhere.
Hence LAB’s plan for a new book and website, entitled The Heart of Our Earth: Community Resistance to Mining in Latin America.
Through our Crowdfunder page we are aiming to raise £10,000 so that work on the project can proceed.
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