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.
Resistance and Alternatives
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.
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.
Fifteen years ago the Red de Guardianes de Semillas (Seed Guardian Network), a collective with full horizontal relations, was born in Ecuador, dedicated to the rescue of native seeds. Each guardian, member of the network shares and applies their knowledge from their autonomous environment. There is a wealth of experiences and practices around production and food, housing and other areas of daily life. Its common denominator: to build the future in the present.
In Loma del Esmeraldal, residential sector of the municipality of Envigado in the valley of the Aburra (Colombia), the indiscriminate urban densification, product of the speculation and misrepresentation of the regulations to facilitate construction licenses provoked a response from the citizens. The Ciudadano Envigado Collective (Citizen´s Collective Envigado) managed with resistance and proposals the recovery of lands ready for construction and turned them into public spaces, improving the quality of life of the residents.