Extractive Industries (in Latin America)
Letter from the Churches and Mining Network concerning the Shuar Community and the decision of the Ecuadorian Government to close down and dissolve Acción Ecológica. 21 December 2016 (Available in EN and ES)
The Third World Meeting of Popular Movements began November 2 in Rome with a panel that includes the participation of Cardinal Peter Turkson, of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and João Pedro Stédile, the leader of the Landless Peasants Movement in Brazil.
“Mining megaprojects don’t solve the economic problems of our countries; on the contrary, they have harmful effects on our people, our communities and the nature.” This is one of the conclusions reached by the participants of the Third meeting of the Churches and Mining Network, held from 2 to 4 September in the Colombian capital, which brought together 50 religious leaders from various countries.
CIDSE works closely with Iglesias y Minería (Church and Mining) since the creation in 2013 of this ecumenical coalition of about 70 Latin American organizations united to reflect and struggle against the common challenges posed by transnational mining companies in Latin America.
For the third time in Latin America, Iglesias y Minería will gather religious representatives, pastoral members, social mouvements and leaders of communities affected by mining proyects in the continent from September 2-6 in Bogotá. A CIDSE delegation will be present at the event.
Meeting in Mariana of popular movements in dialogue with Pope Francis reflects on the social situation of Brazil
Meetings of popular movements with Pope Francis took place in Rome in 2014 and in Bolivia in July 2015. Brazilian movements reunited this month, without the physical presence of Pope Francis this time but keeping his words close to the heart.
Shareholders denounce Vale’s irresponsible social, environmental and management policies at Annual General Meeting
“We are committed to building prosperity both with respect to people and to the environment.” According to the posting on the company web site, this is one of the principle missions of Vale S.A., a Brazilian transnational corporation and one of the biggest mining companies in the world. This is not, however, the way this company has been behaving in practice, according to the people who live in the territories impacted by Vale’s operations. Nor is it borne out in the evaluations of a parcel of actual Vale investors.
The harmful impact of the mining industry incites resistance in local communities around the world. Below is what representatives of local movements have told us about this fight- a fight which is also supported by the Church.
Open letter of the communities affected by mining operations, received in Rome by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
A video of outcry and hope: CIDSE is happy to announce the launch of the documentary "Churches and Mining in Latin America", by our partner Iglesias y Minería.