Environment for Peace is a space for analysis built by CENSAT Agua Viva – Friends of the Earth Colombia in alliance with Real World Radio. It aims at sharing reflections, ideas and analyses about the relationship between environmental issues with the attempts to overcome the armed conflict in Colombia. It is a proposal to share our thoughts on the building of peace, to highlight the role of nature in the causes and consequences of the war and to raise awareness on the proposals by environmental movements around this unprecedented process in the history of Colombia and Latin America.
CENSAT Agua Viva is an environmental organization that works together with communities, organizations and processes that face environmental conflicts in different territories of the country and it encourages and joins the building of alternatives for the populations to live a dignified life.
The decision by mining company AGA to suspend millions of ounces of gold exploration and extraction in Cajamarca municipality, until having legal certainty for foreign investments in the country, put extractivist companies and the government on alert to reform citizen participation mechanisms, limiting their scope with reference to land use, underground soil, territorial autonomy and the autonomous building of territories (CC 1991, Law 388/97, Law 134/94, Law 152/94 and Law 99/93). Read more
The first popular consultation with reference to a hydroelectric project was held in Colombia on February 26. In Cabrera, Cundinamarca, the people used this citizen participation mechanism to defend peasant life, water and the environment against the threat of a hydroelectric project planned by Emgesa, which threatens a large part of the municipalities in Sumapaz Province. Read more
The first big national gathering of environmental and social organizations in defense of water took place in the context of the Human Right to Water Referendum, from 2006 to 2010. It is impossible to remember this process and its relevance without making reference to Rafael Colmenares, who died this last February 6th, environmental defender who opened in Colombia a debate about the importance of water, a relentless defender against the privatization of common goods and for the defense of Mother Earth. Read more
March is a month colored with strength and resistance, because in addition to the International Day of Women´s Struggles, we commemorate a year of Berta Cáceres´ murder and today, her legacy in defense of free water, sovereign territories and women leadership continues to be strengthened in numerous territories. Read more
Following the outcome of the plebiscite of October 2nd, when a sector of the population opted for not validating the agreements between the FARC guerrilla and the Colombian government led by President Juan Manuel Santos, we want to say to the national and international community that: Read more
A day after the announcement of the signing of an agreement in Havana between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), trade union organizations and social movements formally created the Social, Mining, Energy and Environmental Table for Peace, aiming to build peace within the territories, promoting permanence and good living without extractivism. Read more
Undoubtedly, the intention of peace, beyond the neoliberal and corporate nature given to it by the government, has led to disputes over truth, giving way to different developments that put absolute truths in perspective, absolute truths that in the case of the armed conflict have been built by those responsible for war, through ideological and media limitations. Read more
“As women, we are the ones who maintain hope. And I think that while we do this, we need to encourage many other women and tell them to dare to go out, to raise their voices, to avoid being afraid to speak. (…) Women have been told to be afraid within our social and cultural circles. (…) We are covered by a blanket of fear, but we need to move forward with a blanket of hope”, said Jakeline Romero Epiayu.
The European Union (EU) made clear this Friday in Geneva that it is ready to block the advance of the negotiations at the United Nations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations.
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