Indigenous Amazonian women demand end to extraction (Mongabay)

QUITO, ECUADOR -  Nearly 100 indigenous women of the Ecuadorian Amazon spent five days protesting outside the country’s Presidential Palace last week. They were demanding a meeting with President Lenin Moreno and to personally deliver their political mandate. Authorities eventually agreed to a meeting between the protesters and the president, currently set for March 22. …

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Mujeres indígenas llevan cuatro días esperando por una reunión con el presidente de Ecuador (Mongabay LatAm)

QUITO, ECUADOR - Es el cuarto día que cerca de 100 mujeres indígenas de la Amazonía ecuatoriana protestan en las afueras del Palacio de Carondelet, residencia oficial del presidente del Ecuador. Llegaron el lunes a la ciudad de Quito para exigir una reunión con el mandatario Lenin Moreno y entregarle personalmente un documento que recoge todas …

Indigenous women march in Ecuador, vow to ‘defend our territory’ (Mongabay)

PUYO, ECUADOR – About 350 Indigenous women from across the Ecuadorian Amazon gathered here yesterday to celebrate International Women’s Day, and, they say, to fight back against a system that violates their rights. Many women spoke out specifically against the extractive industries operating in their territories. They say these industries have caused forced displacements and …

Ecuador: mujeres indígenas marcharon para exigir el respeto de sus derechos (Mongabay)

PUYO, ECUADOR - Alrededor de 350 mujeres indígenas de toda la Amazonía ecuatoriana marcharon ayer en la localidad de Puyo, provincia de Pastaza, para protestar contra un sistema que aseguran está violando sus derechos. Muchas de ellas se manifestaron en contra de las operaciones de las industrias extractivas que operan en sus territorios y que, …

Mining concessions in Ecuador stalled over compliance with indigenous rights (MongaBay)

QUITO, ECUADOR - Indigenous communities in Ecuador celebrated this week after President Lenin Moreno announced Monday that the government would come down harder on oil and mining companies that don’t comply with the country’s social and environmental laws. New mining concessions are now stalled until the companies can prove they’ve complied with all regulations under …

FARC’s Insurgent Feminism Moves from the Battlefield to Society (Upside Down World)

COLOMBIA - Diana Lozado was 21 when she left her home city of Nieva and fled into the jungle to fight with the FARC. She had always been fascinated by the guerrilla movement and its fight against inequality in the countryside, and Lozado wanted to be part of it. “I only knew the FARC in theory, …

When the Government Orders You to Burn Your Crops (In These Times)

MADRIGAL, COLOMBIA - Each day at 6 a.m., Jorge Moreno walks to his coca field to harvest leaves that will eventually be made into cocaine. He inspects the leaves by hand and cuts them with a machete—his only tool—while swatting away mosquitoes. He started recently, because there were few other options. The only thing he was …

Could fungi provide an alternative to palm oil? (Mongabay)

QUITO, ECUADOR - Fungi – a kingdom grouping that includes mushrooms, mold and yeast – have long been heralded for their beneficial properties. They’ve been used to soak up oil spills, boost your immune system and lower cholesterol, among other environmental and medical feats. Now, researchers have found one more use for fungi – as …

Signs of lasting trauma in people evicted to make way for giant mine in Ecuador (The Guardian)

TSUNTSUIM, ECUADOR - Months after they were evicted from their homes to make way for a mine, almost half the population of an Ecuadorian village is suffering from psychological damage, experts have said. Psychiatrists found 42% of the indigenous Shuar people of Tsuntsuim village suffering from mental health problems and trauma. Many of the villagers …

Bamboo Houses: Rebuilding a Sustainable Community (Zoomin TV)

RAMBUCHE, ECUADOR - A new step in sustainable architecture - After the major earthquake hit Ecuador in 2016, many people on the coast are still living in tents or makeshift homes out of scraps of wood and metal sheets. But some organizations are helping rebuild homes out of bamboo - a flexible material that´s resistant to …