Wed, Nov 02, 2016

by AIDA Staff

The Santurbán páramo | Credit: Alberto Peña Kay.

TELL the IFC to divest from the Angostura mining project! HELP US to protect Santurbán and, with it, all of Colombia’s páramos!Read more

Fri, Oct 28, 2016

by María José Veramendi Villa

Credit: Christian Poirier, Amazon Watch.

Even as the turbines of the Belo Monte Dam have begun turning, the fight for justice continues. The ongoing operation of the world’s third largest dam—corrupt and careless as it is—cannot stop us.Read more

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

by María José Veramendi Villa

Máxima Acuña, 2016 Goldman Prize Recipient

A subsistence farmer in Peru’s northern highlands, Máxima Acuña stood up for her right to peacefully live off her own property, a plot of land sought by Newmont and Buenaventura Mining to develop the Conga gold and copper mine. Credit: Goldman Prize.

Being an environmental human rights defender in Latin America is not an easy task. On the contrary, it is one of the most dangerous jobs you can have.Read more

Tue, Oct 04, 2016

by Florencia Ortúzar

Farmed salmon in Chile

Farmed salmon in Chile. Credit: Sam Beebe/Flickr/Creative Commons.

Chile is the second largest producer of salmon in the world. For more than 20 years, the industry has put profit above environmental protection.Read more

Tue, Sep 27, 2016

by Gladys Martínez


Ocean. Credit: Joel Hatfield/Flickr/Creative Commons.


As I look forward to another 10 years, my dream remains the same as it ever was: working to protect these great creatures and the waters they call home; giving them a voice; and advocating for the preservation of our region’s greatest natural treasures.Read more

Mon, Aug 22, 2016

by Florencia Ortúzar

The coast of Río de Janeiro in Brazil

Overlooking the coast of Río de Janeiro, host of the 2016 Olympic Games. 

Amid high levels of air and water pollution, thousands of competitors meeting in Brazil have affirmed that one record must not be broken: 1.5 degrees Celsius.Read more

Sun, Aug 14, 2016

by Rodrigo da Costa Sales

View of the beautiful mountains and coastline of Rio

A view of the brilliant coastline of Rio de Janeiro, site of the 2016 Olympic Games. 

To a certain extent, hope is what the Olympics are all about. They bring the world together for a common good, and, at their best, aid in the development of a peaceful society concerned with preserving human dignity across all continents.Read more

Tue, Aug 09, 2016

by Astrid Puentes

Indigenous leader Cofan Ermenegildo Criollo

Indigenous leader Cofan Ermenegildo Criollo smells a river contaminated with oil near his home in the Amazon rainforest. Credit: Caroline Bennett / Rainforest Action Network

After 17 years of negotiations, the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was approved.Read more

Tue, Jul 19, 2016

by Héctor Herrera Santoyo

Colombia’s environmental heritage includes six Wetlands of International Importance listed under the Ramsar Convention, a treaty that protects these environments. Their listing indicates their value not only for Colombia, but also for humanity.Read more

Mon, Jun 27, 2016

by Wayne Salazar

A vigil in honor of Berta Cáceres held in Washington DC.

A vigil in honor of Berta Cáceres held in Washington DC on April 5, 2016 outside of the World Bank and the Organization of American States (OAS). The Honduran human rights defender was murdered in her home. Credit: Daniel Cima/IACHR.

Last year 185 environmental activists were murdered world-wide, two-thirds from Latin America, according to Global Witness. Of the ten most dangerous countries in the world for environmental defenders, seven are in Latin America.Read more

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