South America

Stop the TIPNIS highway

Protestors against the TIPNIS highway

Indigenous Bolivian demonstrators protesting in La Paz about the plan to build the TIPNIS highway. Photo: Gaston Brito, REUTERS.

Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, announced he would call off a controversial highway construction project after nearly a thousand demonstrators from the Bolivian indigenous communities showed their opposition to the scheme.

Guatemalan mayor rejects dam consultation result

 Regulation for the companies does not stop the towns

Meeting about the dams with a banner saying Regulation for the companies does not stop the towns. Photo: Chico Sebastián

“The Mayor of San Mateo Ixtatan and the transnational companies are very close. Money plays an important part here, especially since we are 35 days away from the elections, when the Mayor will seek re-election”.

Tell Ecuador to investigate murder of activist

Marlon Lozano Yulan

Marlon Lozano Yulan. Photo courtesy of Twitter

Ecuadorian land activist Marlon Lozano Yulan, of the Tierra y Vida (Land and Life) was murdered in Guayaquil, Ecuador on July 20 2011.

Pressure the Colombian authorities to find Sandra Viviana

Photo of Sandra Viviana

Civil society organisations in Colombia have reported the disappearance of Sandra Viviana Cuellar Gallego, in Cali on February 17 2011.

Sandra is a 26 year-old environmental engineer who works on water, basin protection and wetland issues. Her work involves advocating for the equal participation of local communities in the environmental decisions that affect them. She used to work with Censat Agua Viva / Friends of the Earth Colombia on forestry issues.

The deadly impacts of soya production

Silvino Talavera

Intensive livestock production in the UK and Europe relies on the import of large quantities of high protein animal feed. This feed is mostly made from soya, which is now being grown on a massive scale in South America. This expansion of soya production results in rainforest destruction in Brazil and and many communities losing their land.

Fix the Food Chain

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The meat and the dairy industry produces more climate-changing emissions than every plane, train and car on the planet. The food chain links factory farms in the UK to the rainforests of South America where huge soy plantations are wiping out wildlife and making climate change worse.

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