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    Ecuador: Two Executive Orders Threatening the Amazon

    FUENTE: Publicado originalmente por la revista digital ecuatoriana GK La política petrolera y minera del gobierno ecuatoriano sigue afectando a las poblaciones indígenas, y están en contra de todas las recomendaciones para mitigar el cambio climático. Las políticas minera y petrolera del presidente Guillermo Lasso han sido rechazadas por organizaciones y nacionalidades indígenas. En octubre…

  • Los peligros del incremento de la minería “verde” en América para la transición energética del norte

    The dangers of more “green” mining in the Americas for the energy transition in the North

    SOURCE: Red Muqui. Translated by: Andrea Pisera The myths of “green,” “sustainable” and “climate smart” mining are gaining traction across the world. Companies are marketing these mines as “green,” and present them as the solution to the climate crisis in order to attract investors. They promote Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) criteria, and the…

    Looking Forward from COP26: An Interview with Andrés Tapia from Lanceros Digitales and CONFENIAE

    Awasqa: You participated in COP26. Tell us a little about your experience as a member of the organizations  Andrés Tapia: We participated as part of COICA (Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica) as part of the nine countries that represent the Amazon basin, that is, we were able to participate in COP26…

  • Bioregional Plan to Protect the Lungs of the Planet

    FROM THE EDITORS: A large alliance representing 30 indigenous nationalities, inhabitants and protectors of 35 million hectares of the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Amazon, published the “Bioregional Plan: Sacred Headwaters 2030” to present a strategic plan for the protection and conservation of forests led by indigenous peoples. The plan includes concrete transition actions towards indigenous self-determination…

  • Ecuador’s Water Rights Presidential Candidate

    Ecuador’s first round of presidential elections took place on Sunday, February 7, leaving three finalists for the second round (yet to be defined, by a vote count): a self-appointed socialist, Andrés Arauz Galarza; an indigenous environmentalist, Yaku Pérez; and a banker, Guillermo Lasso. Yaku Pérez has shown in the days following the election that there…

  • Manufacturing Critical Geography for Social Struggle and Resistance

    Interview with Gabriela Ruales, member of the Critical Geography Collective in Ecuador How was the Critical Geography Collective (Colectivo de Geografía Crítica) formed and what role do you play in accompanying indigenous peoples in the defense of their territories and against extractivism? The Colectivo de Geografía Crítica emerged in 2013, approximately 2012-2013, and was created…

  • Precautionary Measures against Ethnocide: Strategic Alliances Push for the Protection of Indigenous People

    On April 7 a catastrophic oil spill in Ecuador polluted the Coca and Napo Rivers where 27 thousand indigenous and 90 thousand mestizo people depend on for drinking water and fishing. It was a predictable industry-provoked disaster that geologists and environmentalists long warned about: the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric plant was generating heavy erosion near…

  • Ecuador: Agrarian revolution in the midst of crisis COVID

    With the COVID-19 crisis, the Ecuadorian nation state, like many other failed states, panicked and its reactions were late, with omissions and negligence towards its civilian population. For example, two months ago, salaries to state workers were suspended , but they have not stopped paying the foreign debt, nor have they suspended oil and mining…