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.
There are many peasant families that incorporate different techniques and management strategies, achieving the conversion of waste into raw material, optimizing the use of resources. The imple mentation and use of a biodigestor is often an important step on the way to the agroecological farm.
The recycling of organic material from domestic waste through vermicomposting, conducted in an associative way, offers future-proof solutions in the environmental, social and economic field.
The indiscriminate extension of the agricultural frontier to the Paramo (moorland areas) threatened the water supply in the rural community of Chilco. This situation led to a rethinking of the people and they decided to revive their Paramo and thus restore the water storage capacity. This proved to be a strategic step which also had a positive effect on the economic situation of the families living there.
Experiential travel, practiced by family and associative ventures allow the Karanquis community of San Clemente, in the north of the Ecuadorian Andes to travel the world, being at home; generating at the same time an income that benefits the collective. The visitor does not stay in the superficial approach of observing the landscape but experiences a one-to-one coexistence with the culture, the place, its people and the Andean worldview.
The microcinemas network of the Chaski Group, born from the efforts of filmmakers with a social vision, has constituted as an alternative route for the exhibition of a cinema that entertains, excites and promotes thinking, facilitating the popular diffusion of contents for a truthful communication. The microcinemas, located in 9 regions of Peru, are gradually becoming a local cultural association that produces community cinema, (re) building cultural identity based on the social reality of their territory. It is a communicational and organizational experience capable of stregthening local identity and culture, counterbalancing globalized media penetration.
In the Amazonian border region of Ecuador and Colombia, the problems that threaten the population are not few: oil extraction, pollution, social violence. The testimony of Belia Vaca, inspired by the “Wiphala” system of the Environmental Clinic, is a faithful demonstration that it is feasible to change reality from oneself life, beginning processes and transformations within reach, without ignoring at the same time problems of greater magnitude. I do what I can – Belia’s motto is to awaken other people from her own testimony and concrete actions.
What began with the recovery of the Cochabamba´s Municipal Ex-Slaughterhouse, turning a place of death into a distinct cultural center, is now a referential experience for culture and development. Culture not as a distraction but as a contextualizing element and where creative intelligence and collaborative work open the way to the “future we want”, constructing our own narratives and getting rid of paths of acquired thought.