Places Archives: Colombia

Indigenous community saves Colombia’s poison dart frog from coca and logging

This story first appeared in Mongabay. Editor’s note: This is what environmental justice looks like. Not NGOs dictating what lands will be set aside for 30×30, which is just greenwashing colonialism. It is the people whose land it is making those decisions and the governments enforcing them. By Maxwell Radwin An Indigenous community in southwest … Continue reading Indigenous community saves Colombia’s poison dart frog from coca and logging

Indigenous cultural revival and re-enchantment with nature: the journey of the Colombian Muysca people

This story first appeared at Rapid Transition Alliance. By Matt Rendell This story weaves the indigenous cultural revival of the Muysca people of Suba in Colombia, together with the transition to more sustainable living. It is contributed by award-winning author Matt Rendell who spoke with Muysca social activists and grew to know the community through his work as … Continue reading Indigenous cultural revival and re-enchantment with nature: the journey of the Colombian Muysca people

Why Today’s Bright Green Environmentalists Won’t Save the Planet

By Lierre Keith, Derrick Jensen, and Max Wilbert “The beauty of the living world I was trying to save has always been uppermost in my mind,” Rachel Carson wrote.“That, and anger at the senseless, brutish things that were being done.” Silent Spring, which inspired the modern environmental movement, was more than a critique of pesticides, … Continue reading Why Today’s Bright Green Environmentalists Won’t Save the Planet

Deadliest Year For Environmental Activists

This piece consists of excerpts from two articles. In the first one, Ashoka Mukpo discusses the report by Global Witness on the killings of environmental defenders in 2019. In the second article, Leilani Chavez describes the threats posed on environmental defenders by the current Rodrigo government. By Ashoka Mukpo/Mongabay In a new report, the watchdog … Continue reading Deadliest Year For Environmental Activists

Indigenous Leader: “We’re fighting NOT to have roads or electricity.”

Editors note: in her book Solar Storms, the Chickasaw writer Linda  Hogan describes the changes that come with electrification of a rural indigenous community: “In a split second, the world changed. Even the migratory animals, who flew or swam by light, grew confused… once seen, it could  easily have become a need or desire. With … Continue reading Indigenous Leader: “We’re fighting NOT to have roads or electricity.”

Colombia Supreme Court Rules that Amazon Region is “Subject of Rights”

Featured image: Dan From Indiana on flickr. Some Rights Reserved.  The Rights of Nature Movement continues to advance through lawmaking and court decisions.      by The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) via Intercontinental Cry MERCERSBURG, PA, USA: Today, the Colombia Supreme Court of Justice issued a decision declaring that the Amazon region in Colombia … Continue reading Colombia Supreme Court Rules that Amazon Region is “Subject of Rights”

An Inside Look at Colombia’s Indigenous Guards

All images by Robin Llewellyn      by Robin Llewellyn / Intercontinental Cry Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos may have received the Nobel Peace Prize, but peace has not come to Colombia. Social leaders and members of indigenous communities have been targeted in a wave of assassinations that has swept through the countryside during this … Continue reading An Inside Look at Colombia’s Indigenous Guards

Clouds of Uncertainty

A web of impunity, corruption and extractivism confronts indigenous leaders in Colombia’s southwest Featured image: A cloud hangs over Rioblanco, a Yanacona reservation in the municipality of Sotará, in Cauca, Colombia. Photo: Robin Llewellyn      by Robin Llewellyn / Intercontinental Cry When the Colombian government signed a peace agreement with the left-wing Revolutionary Armed … Continue reading Clouds of Uncertainty

Fighting Against Fracking In Colombia

Featured image:  Fracking well. The damage that causes earthquakes seems to occur after the drilling, when the wastewater is injected deep underground, stimulating existing fault lines.  Indigenous and other communities want Colombia to join France, Germany, Scotland and Bulgaria in banning fracking.  By Thinkstock.      by Rick Kearns / Indian Country Today Media Network Fracking … Continue reading Fighting Against Fracking In Colombia

Colombia: Sierra Nevada Indigenous Leader Murdered

Featured image: Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela was shot dead in the head in Colombia. © El Heraldo      by Survival International Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela, 43, was a leader of the Wiwa tribe and a campaigner for both indigenous and women’s rights. The Wiwa are one of four tribes that live on the Sierra Nevada de … Continue reading Colombia: Sierra Nevada Indigenous Leader Murdered