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Earth Day

People around the world are celebrating Earth Day to find creative ways to reflect on the beauty and importance of nature, to encourage people to do more for the planet or to congratulate others on their environmental achievements. Nevertheless, much of the mainstream environmental movement consists of people who belong to the middle or upper classes in the developed world.

Relying on the exploitation of the land, resources, and people of the developing and undeveloped world, the global capitalist economy allows some to enjoy lives of privilege and plenty while others live in pollution and squalor as the ongoing global ecological deepens. While the North continues to put its hopes in moral persuasion or technological solutions to the crises of water scarcity, extractivism and climate change, many of the leading fighters for the rights of Mother Earth – or Pachamama – are the communities and peoples most affected by these crises.

teleSUR invites you to review our ongoing coverage of the communities and nations fighting back to preserve our planet in the face of the constant onslaught on our natural ecology.

Happy Earth Day

Amazon Under Threat

 

 

Climate Change

 

World Leaders Signed a 'Death Warrant for the Planet' at COP21

As world leaders celebrate the “historic” Paris COP21 climate deal, climate activists suggest a lot of the praise is just hot air. READ MORE

Overheated Arctic Sign of Climate Change 'Vicious Circle'

Ice cover at the top of the globe shrank to its smallest area in 2016 — some 4.14 million sq km (1.6 million sq. miles) — on Sept. 16. READ MORE

Drought Crisis Shows Mother Earth Is Thirsty and Bolivians Are Suffering

teleSUR delves deeper into the current crisis and looks at how access to water in Bolivia has long been a political, social and economic battle and is increasingly wrought with environmental challenges brought on by climate change. READ MORE

Protecting Our Water

 

Water Wars? Experts Urge Rethinking Our Relationship with Water

Humans are quickly depleting water at higher rate than nature can replenish, transforming it into both a catalyst and a weapon during wars and conflicts. READ MORE

Reclaiming Water: Chilean Fight Against US Dam Project Heats Up

A years-long, high-stakes fight against an embattled U.S. hydroelectric dam in Chile has taken a small but important step in the campaign to halt the project that jeopardizes the water supply for some 7 million people living in and around the capital city of Santiago. READ MORE

5 Water Warriors Defending Rights from North Dakota to Chile

Activists and environmentalists lead the struggle to protect water sources across the planet, from the top of the continents of the Americas in Alaska all the way down to Argentina. READ MORE

El Salvador Water Warriors Fight Corporate Greed to Win Rights

El Salvador faces a water scarcity emergency, and yet proposals by water rights defenders have been blocked for years by corporate interests. READ MORE

Looking to the Future

 

5 Ways Latin America Learned to Love Mother Nature

Latin America is leading efforts to protect nature and prove to the world that ecological well-being and development don't need to be mutually exclusive. READ MORE

Cuba's Sustainable Agro-Ecological Model Could Save the World

teleSUR spoke to Professor Raj Patel, an award-winning writer and defender of food security and sustainable models of agriculture. READ MORE

Threat of Trump

 

How Donald Trump Is Violating Mother Earth

From claiming that climate change was a hoax invented by the Chinese to unraveling Obama-era environmental regulations since taking office, teleSUR looks at some of Trump's worst attacks against the environment. READ MORE

Fighting Extractivism

 

Peru Campesinos Could Face More Violations from Mining Giant

Campesinos pitted against giant Newmont Mining have been subject to ongoing oppression. READ MORE

DAPL Builder Spills Drilling Fluids Into Ohio Wetlands: Report

The spills were attributed to Energy Transfer Partners' Rover natural gas pipeline, which spans 713 miles and is worth about US$4.2 billion. READ MORE

Argentina's Mapuche to March 500 Miles to Fight Extractivism

The new regulation calls for experimenting with “new technologies” like fracking. READ MORE

Chile's Largest Copper Mine Forced to Suspend Major Projects

The decision was a result of the "permanent blockades" that have prevented the subcontractors from going back to work, according to the company.  READ MORE

 
  • Yanomami indians in an illegal gold mine in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Roraima state, Brazil.

    Yanomami indians in an illegal gold mine in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Roraima state, Brazil. | Photo Reuters

  • Fidel was one of the first world leaders to talk about the importance of the environment

    Fidel was one of the first world leaders to talk about the importance of the environment | Photo Reuters

  • Vessels unable to move through Marañon River

    Vessels unable to move through Marañon River | Photo Feconat

  • An Indigenous woman joins a demonstration calling for the protection of Mother Earth in Bolivia.

    An Indigenous woman joins a demonstration calling for the protection of Mother Earth in Bolivia. | Photo Reuters

  • General view of the Areva nuclear power plant site in Tricastin, southern France, November 25, 2011.

    General view of the Areva nuclear power plant site in Tricastin, southern France, November 25, 2011. | Photo Reuters

  • Lumad people protest against the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit on November 19, 2015

    Lumad people protest against the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit on November 19, 2015 | Photo AFP

  • 2016 is set to the the hottest year on record

    2016 is set to the the hottest year on record | Photo Reuters

  • By the middle of this century there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish if people keep polluting the seas, a new report warns.

    By the middle of this century there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish if people keep polluting the seas, a new report warns. | Photo AFP

  • Delegates from West Virginia hold signs supporting coal on the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Delegates from West Virginia hold signs supporting coal on the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. | Photo Reuters

  • Members of Environmental NGO Acción Ecológica

    Members of Environmental NGO Acción Ecológica | Photo Twitter / @AmazonWatch

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