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Petrolíferas devem sair da Nigéria, dizem ativistas

Posted on 10 February 2011 by admin

Por Ebrima Sillah

DACAR, Senegal, 9/2/2011 (IPS/TerraViva) РGrupos nigerianos de direitos ambientais estão fazendo campanha, no Fórum Social Mundial (FSM) que acontece em Dacar, para expulsar as companhias de petróleo da região do Delta do Rio Níger, no sudeste do país. Continue Reading

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Another World Is Possible ‚Äď It‚Äôs Called Ecosocialism

Posted on 10 February 2011 by editor

Joel Kovel. Credit:Courtesy of Joel Kovel

Kanya D’Almeida interviews U.S. scholar and organiser JOEL KOVEL

NEW YORK, Feb 9, 2011 (IPS TerraViva) – As the powerful collective energy continues to surge through Dakar, veterans of the World Social Forum (WSF) are taking a moment to examine the history, trajectory and future of the alternative global movement. Continue Reading

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Oil Companies Out of Nigeria, Activists Say

Posted on 09 February 2011 by admin

DAKAR, Feb 9 (TerraViva) – Nigerian environmental rights groups have been making the case for the expulsion of oil companies from the Niger Delta in the southeastern part of the country.

Gas flare at Rumuekpe, Rivers State. Credit: Israel Aloja / Environmental Rights Action Friends Of The Earth Nigeria

Gas flare at Rumuekpe, Rivers State. Credit: Israel Aloja / Environmental Rights Action Friends Of The Earth Nigeria

Speaking at a meeting organised by a group of Nigerian women’s environmental rights activists, Goodison Jim Dorgu, the Executive Director of the NGO Environmental Health and Safety Network, based in the oil-producing state of Bayelsa, said Nigerian civil society has come to the united conclusion that oil companies responsible for severe environmental degradation should leave without delay.

Other speakers outlined how the oil industry has provoked violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta, with women bearing the burnt of the assaults. Emem Okon, the head of the Women’s Development and Resource Centre in the city of Port Harcourt, alleged that the oil companies’ own security personnel have been involved in attacks on women. She also said the Nigerian army had committed grave violations of human rights.

‚ÄúIn Ogoniland, the government set up the Rivers State Internal Security Task Force, and what these soldiers did was to use women as a weapon of war. A lot of women were raped, a lot of young girls were taken into sexual slavery.‚ÄĚ

The head of Friends of the Earth International, Nnimmo Bassey, said environmental justice for the Niger Delta will be a long struggle. ‚ÄúThe regime of responsibility has been so well entrenched and there’s the military backing for what the oil companies are doing, the govenment is behind them,‚ÄĚ he says.

“There are a lot of restrictions. A lot more work is still going to be done, but one day, when nobody expects it… the people will prevail.‚ÄĚ

(END/2011)

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O desafio de cuidar das floretas globais

Posted on 07 January 2011 by editor

Lenhador no Estado de Chiapas, México. Crédito: Mauricio Ramos/IPS TerraViva

Emilio Godoy

Cidade do México, México, 6/1/2011, (IPS TerraViva) РPor sua experiência em projetos comunitários florestais, o México pode dar pistas sobre como aproveitar adequadamente as áreas de floresta e incentivar o desenvolvimento das economias locais em 2011, Ano Internacional das Florestas. Continue Reading

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“This Time There Will Be No Noah’s Ark”

Posted on 29 December 2010 by editor

There could be 100 million climate refugees in the next five to seven years, warns Leonardo Boff. Credit:Daniela Pastrana/IPS

Daniela Pastrana interviews LEONARDO BOFF, Brazilian writer and theologian*

MEXICO CITY, Dec 28, 2010 (Tierram√©rica) – “The market is not going to resolve the environmental crisis,” says theologian and environmentalist Leonardo Boff, professor at Brazil’s State University of Rio de Janeiro. The solution, he says, lies in ethics and in changing our relationship with nature.
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JAMAICA: Trading Ecology for a Highway

Posted on 26 October 2010 by admin

Vegetation is bulldozed along the highway on the Palisadoes peninsula in Jamaica. Credit: Diana McCaulay.

By Zadie Neufville

KINGSTON, Oct 26, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – A construction project in Kingston’s protected Palisadoes wetlands is pitting Jamaican environmentalists against the government in a showdown activists say will end up in the courts.
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Love, Commitment and Anger in Detroit

Posted on 27 June 2010 by editor

Bolivian ambassador Pablo Solon said the great challenge of this century is to build a new environmental and social contract. Credit:Bankole Thompson/IPS

By Bankole Thompson

DETROIT, Jun 27, 2010 (IPS) – The 2010 U.S. Social Forum ended Saturday in Detroit, a city viewed by many as a metaphor for the excesses of U.S. capitalism, with strong parting words from Pablo Solon, Bolivia’s permanent representative to the United Nations. Continue Reading

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US: Youth on Frontlines of Green Justice Struggles

Posted on 24 June 2010 by editor

Loreen Dangerfield, 15, is among a group of dedicated young people leading the charge against environmental injustice in San Francisco. Credit:Bankole Thompson/IPS

By Bankole Thompson

DETROIT, Jun 24, 2010 (IPS TerraViva) – The committed determination of young people in the environmental justice movement is emerging as a highlight of the 2010 U.S. Social Forum, which opened in Detroit this week with some 20,000 activists meeting in ‘Motor City’ to network and share their visions for social change. Continue Reading

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European Activists Against Economic Growth

Posted on 19 April 2010 by editor

Protests at the Copenhagen climate summit against government failure to take action. Credit:Ana Libisch/IPS

By Julio Godoy*

BERLIN, Apr 18, 2010 (Tierram√©rica) – The global environmental crisis requires replacing the existing capitalist model of production with one that promotes “selective degrowth” of the economy and the restricted and responsible exploitation of natural resources, according to European experts and activists. Continue Reading

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WSF: Reconciling Social and Environmental Needs

Posted on 01 February 2010 by admin

Credit: Farid Ahmed/IPS

By Mario Osava* IPS/TerraViva

SALVADOR, Brazil, Jan 31, 2010 (IPS) – One of the greatest challenges facing the world today is to attend to the urgent social needs of the planet‚Äôs population, and particularly the one billion people living “on the brink of survival”, while dealing with the equally urgent demands of the environment.
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