Eating is a political act. Solidarity agriculture, practiced under the name of SoLaWi in Germany as in other European countries, is a possibility of living in coherence with this conviction. A farm and a group of families form an economic community that cares about people and the environment, producing clean, fair and healthy food. Solidarity cooperation, beyond destructive comfort zones.
Environment and development
Adaptation to climate change and resilience to risks has the face of a woman. In the neighborhoods of El Alto and the hillsides of La Paz, women not only train in risk management but also become builders of rainwater harvesting systems. THEY are the ones that guarantee life, building the future.
At the request of the Amazonian Regional Articulation (ARA), Brazilian research scientist Antônio Donato Nobre of the Brazilian National Space Research Institute’s Terrestrial System Science Centre conducted The Future Climate of Amazonia report. The report demonstrates the uniqueness and importance of the Amazon Rainforest and why it is crucial for us to combat its deforestation. It was co-sponsored by different institutions, including WWF through its Living Amazon Initiative
A decade after the “Save the Rainforest” movement captured the world’s imagination, Cargill and other food giants are pushing deeper into the wilderness.
Bosque Escuela Pambiliño (Pambiliño Forest School), project of life of a family in the tropical forest of the Ecuadorian Chocó. A symbiosis between restoration and sustainability of the forest and an alternative education to development.
A farm in the tropical forest of the Ecuadorian Chocó, growing organic cacao and producing delicious chocolate bars, dedicating ninety percent of the land to the conservation and recovery of the ecosystem. Social justice and ecological sustainability, circular and collaborative economy, breaks of paradigms that open new paths.
AulaViva Tropical is the name of the farm of brothers Jose and Juan Pablo Zarate, located in the plains municipality of Lejanias in the department of Meta – Colombia. The farm is a fairly complete agro-energy model, result of the conviction of the people. Water, sun, biomass and micro-organisms are used, in a friendly and sustainable way to generate energy in different ways. The energy balance is absolutely positive. The approach of the farm also incorporates people, practicing collaborative and reciprocal logics, viable in spite of (or precisely because of) the currency shortage. AulaViva Tropical is a site of inspiration and empowerment for some and a place where experiences are shared for others. In short: a place that makes energy flow.
The experience of the Tacana II indigenous territory and its organization, in the heart of the Bolivian Amazon, is a faithful testimony of possibilities to defend its vision of development in the face of the threats of extractivism. It is a resistance with dialogue and proposal, asserting their rights, negotiating the coexistence with different logics of development.
The defense of the Páramo de Santurbán (tropical moorland of Santurbán) is an emblematic case of resistance to the delivery of the territories to large mining companies by the Colombian government. The environmental authorities have generated and modified norms to give a legitimacy to the extractivist and short-term measures that they adopt. The civic platform instead of polemicizing, work on positive messages related to the importance of water as a source of life. Resistance becomes an alternative when everyone recognizes themselves as inhabitants of the territory.
Yasuní, a park in a secluded jungle area located in the Ecuadorian Amazon,has become an international icon of the civic struggle in favor of life, biodiversity and nature as a matter of rights, as mentioned in Ecuador´s constitution. The change achieved in the imaginary of Ecuadorian society is perhaps very initial and reduced, but challenging from the society for the first time the pre-established developmental paradigm. “YASunidos” is an open group of young people who work on this task.