LUCHA ANTIMINERA EXITOSA : EL CASO DE SAN CARLOS

Hoy hablamos de un caso raro de lucha contra la minería contaminante. Hace mas de 10 anos que los habitantes del municipio de San Carlos (province de Mendoza) dan dolores de cabeza a los empresarios mineros. De « rebeldía » de unos pocos se convirtió en un fenómeno que ahora involucra todas las generaciones del pueblo. Solo se pudo concretizar con fuerza y la difusion de la gente, exponiendo con transparencia los efectos (positivos y negativos) de la actividad minera y los beneficios asociados (lo que no dice las corporaciones mismas). La provincia de Mendoza, en particular el Valle de Uco, donde la actividad agrícola emplea indirectamente mas de la mitad de la población (cultivo, industria, comercio, turismo, etc) es la tierra de muchas luchas para preservar los recursos naturales como el agua y los suelos. Lire la suite

COMPARTIR CON AMIGOS EN BAÑOS

Este 22 de enero, encontré a unas personas hermosas, llenas de ideas y de energía. A la ocasión de mi presentación de viaje a la Librería Arte e ilusiones, comparté mi experiencia de cicloviajero, mi vida de esos últimos 2 años. Es bueno ver que en muchos rincones de este planeta, hay personas conscientes de las amenazas del modernismo, hay también personas que están involucrados en la lucha para mejorar las condiciones de vida de los demás a través de la educación, la protección del medio ambiente, la movilización ciudadana. Lire la suite

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In Live Destruction of Coastal Ecosystems by Mass Tourism: Take a Stand Against!

As we are following the Caribbean coast of central America, along the « Riviera Maya » in Mexico and now in Belize, we are sadly surprised by the quantity of big and ugly infrastructures for tourism purposes. Placencia Peninsula, Belize, here we are.

This is a long white sand peninsula, originally surrounded by beautiful mangroves, healthy biodiversity, terrestrial and marine. Now, it is turned into a succession of resorts, getting bigger and bigger, luxurious or midrange. The traditional village Seine Bight of Garifuna people (descendants of African slaves and Caribbean indigenous) is now encircled by Maya beach and Placencia urban developments. Between, we can see in live the newest developments: drastic natural habitat removal for grading, drainage of wetlands, landscaping using excavators, bulldozers… Lire la suite

Rainforest Action Network: Environmentalism with teeth

For the first time, we have heard about the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) while talking with an expert dealing with the Corporate Social Responsibility in the USA. The RAN has been developing a unique strategy to influence patterns of production of large companies and make them more responsible. 100% in the target of our project! Even if did not have the opportunity to meet someone working there, we gathered some information about this NGO to share with you.

A l'office du Rainforest Action Network

A l’office du Rainforest Action Network

The RAN is headquartered in San Francisco, California with office staff in Tokyo, Japan, plus thousands of volunteer scientists, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens around the world. We believe that a sustainable world can be created in our lifetime, and that aggressive action must be taken immediately to leave a safe and secure world for our children. Lire la suite

Idle No More, Giving Voice to First Nations Rights

Vancouver Idle No More Protest

Vancouver Idle No More Protest

Since our arrival, we discovered with surprise the numerous protests in the street in downtown Vancouver. People wore colourful traditionnal costumes. At that time, we did not realize the meaning of the « Idle No More » words written in all slogans.

But we knew that First Nations Rights was a « hot » conversational topic with the people here. I remember when I traveled to Australia, it was the same there with the Aboriginals. I didn’t understand very well the origin of the silent conflict.

As usually, conflicts appear when we reduce reality with stereotypes and charicatures. On one hand, First Nations were the first, so they could claim at least for the same rights as the « colonizors » have, especially when it’s about the protection of their living territories. On the other hand, cons blame First Nations-related stuff because they believe that aboriginals misuse the money they receive from the Federal government and use for getting drunk. Stereotypes, I told you! Lire la suite