Sun, Jun 19, 2016

by Aida Navarro

The love of nature, a lesson from father to daughter

Constanza waits while her dad captures a special moment in nature.

On Father’s Day, I’d like to share the vision that my daughter Constanza has of her father. At AIDA we celebrate all the fathers who instill in their children a profound love for nature. We share your desire for all children to inherit a healthy planet on which environmental justice thrives.Read more

Mon, May 30, 2016

by Laura Yaniz

Air pollution

Air pollution. Credit: Gianluca Di Natale/Fickr/Creative Commons.

Smog causes continuous environmental alerts in Mexico City. But did you know a legal framework exists to combat the pollutants that cause it?Read more

Tue, May 10, 2016

by Aida Navarro

Marcelina López

Marcelina López has on various occasions stood before microphones and cameras to defend the San Pedro River and the lives of those who depend upon it. Credit: Aída Navarro / AIDA.

At 57 years old, Marcelina López has a very active life. Perhaps what distinguishes Marcelina most is her great character and conviction, qualities that have rooted her deeply in a grand cause: the defense of Mexico’s San Pedro Mezquital River, threatened by Las Cruces Dam.Read more

Thu, May 05, 2016

by María José Veramendi Villa

The Xingú River, Brazil

The Xingú River. Credit: Maíra Irigaray/Amazon Watch.

The Brazilian government grandly inaugurated the Belo Monte Dam, which sits on the Xingu River in the midst of the Amazon. As an organization that legally represents affected indigenous and riverine communities, as well as residents of the city of Altamira, we consider there to be no reason to celebrate.Read more

Wed, Apr 27, 2016

by Anna Miller

Belo Monte is having severe impacts on people and communities living in its midst. | Credit: Maíra Irigaray / Amazon Watch.

In the once-lush jungle surrounding the massive Belo Monte dam, we see injustice everywhere we look. We see displacement and environmental devastation. What we don’t see is accountability.Read more

Tue, Apr 12, 2016

by Astrid Puentes

Berta Cáceres

Berta Cáceres and the people of Río Blanco set up a road blockade to prevent access to the dam site. For well over a year, they withstood multiple eviction attempts and violent attacks from militarized security contractors and the Honduran armed forces. Credit: Goldman Prize.

It’s been one month since the assassination of Berta Cáceres, tireless defender of the environment and human rights in Honduras. Her murder quickly gave birth to a global movement calling for justice. It has become a turning point for human rights and environmental defenders and, especially, in the fight for the rights of women and indigenous peoples in Latin America.Read more

Fri, Apr 01, 2016

by Gladys Martínez

High seas

High seas are those international waters that belong to no country. Credit: aphotoshooter/Flickr/Creative Commons.

What happens in the high seas motivates the 33 NGOS and 193 delegations of the United Nations currently meeting in New York. They’re working to create a legally binding agreement that conserves marine life in areas beyond any national jurisdiction.Read more

Tue, Mar 22, 2016

by Laura Yaniz

Bottled water

80 percent of the Mexican population as distrustful of the water supply system. Credit: Philografy/Flickr/Creative Commons.

Mexico consumes 12 percent of the global volume of bottled water, highlighting the failures of the country’s water supply system and the violation of a basic human right.Read more

Wed, Mar 16, 2016

by María José Veramendi Villa

Power station of the Belo Monte Dam

One of the power stations of the Belo Monte Dam. Credit: Amazon Watch/Maíra Irigaray.

I visited Altamira, and the indigenous and riverine communities nearby, with colleagues from Justiça Global. We came to update our case, and to inform those affected by Belo Monte of a new hope for justice.Read more

Mon, Mar 14, 2016

by Andrea Rodríguez Osuna

Justice for Berta

On March 3, Berta Cáceres, an indigenous rights defender in Honduras, was assassinated. As a leader of COPINH, Berta was fighting against the implementation of an internationally funded large dam project.Read more

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