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Brazil mine waste dam collapse: The “announced tragedy” of Brumadinho reveals the cracks of a dangerous extractivist model
Together with its partners on the ground, CIDSE joins in solidarity the victims of this terrible socio-environmental disaster and reflects on prevention measures.
All around the world in recent years we have witnessed the intensification of the over-exploitation of our natural resources through mining, intensive agriculture, large-scale fishing, logging and expansion of oil and gas extraction. This extractivist capitalist model is driven by the unsustainable consumption and speculation of rich nations and the world's elites, who meld together in big multi-national corporations.
Interview with Sammy Gamboa from Freedom from Debt Coalition in the Philippines, an organisation conducting policy advocacy work and campaigns to realize a common framework and agenda for economic development, opposing to large-scale mining and acting for climate justice. Sammy has been involved with the organisation for several years and in several movements for social justice. We met him in Brussels and discussed some of his ideas for the shift needed in society, moving away from the exploitation of nature and social instability and inequalities.
"What the affected communities expect is a firm and prophetic stance from the churches. As Pope Francis said, this economy kills and we see this in communities every day. This is the moment in which the Prophetic Church, in favor of the poor and of the earth, becomes urgent and necessary, "affirms the Brazilian sociologist Moema Miranda, one of the coordinators of the" Meeting with Communities Affected by Mining in Latin America " which will take place in Brasilia from August 7 to 10.
Deepening the solidarity of the Church with the victims and communities impacted by mining is the objective of the next Meeting of Communities Impacted by Mining in Latin America, which will take place in Brasilia from August 7 to 10, 2018. During the event participants will listen directly to the impacted communities and peoples from different countries of the region.
La minería extractiva constituye una de las mayores amenazas contra el medio ambiente y las comunidades locales en el Amazonas y en el conjunto de América Latina, pero estas empresas a menudo buscan lavar su imagen acercándose a la Iglesia, advierte el sacerdote italiano Dário Bossi, coordinador de los Misioneros Combonianos en Brasil y miembro de la coordinación de la Red Iglesias y Minería
We are proud to launch CIDSE’s new “Voices for Change” blog. This blog space is dedicated to “systemic change.” It will reflect and analyse current issues that are challenging and transforming systems such as those for producing and consuming food or energy, at their intersection with greater systems of injustice: patriarchy, racism, colonialism or capitalism. It will also bring stories of change to break out of abusive and unjust systems, however small or big the change. We look forward to contributions from the CIDSE family, partners and allies to this blog space.
The mining model, as implemented in Brazil, of promoting the extraction of natural resources by the state in conjunction with transnational companies has caused countless socio-environmental conflicts. Mining profoundly modifies production and reproduction in life in the surrounding area, deepening inequality, as does patriarchy, destroying community ways of life and causing an immense environmental impact through the intensive use of electricity and water.
An interview with Father Rodrigo Peret from Franciscans International, member of Iglesias & Mineria network and of People’s Dialogue, about his recent arrest in Zimbabwe and the threats that environmental defenders face globally.
“We believe that we know who we are because of the land. We believe that once you have lost the land, you have lost your identity,” says community activist Nonhle Mbutuma, a founding member of the Amadiba Crisis Committee and resident of Xolobeni. “We also believe that it is our right to live in a healthy environment (...). To make all these things happen, we believe that women must be a part of decision making. There should be no discrimination in terms of gender. If we do that, we are going to build a healthy nation.”