Guardian of Temaca: “I had to see with my own eyes”
Mexican village wins fight to pierce the megadam that threatened to inundate them
TEMACAPULÍN, Jalisco, Mexico — The fight was clearly worth it, was the feeling of the residents of this colonial town, who showed up punctually to observe the destruction of part of the curtain of the El Zapotillo Dam, a megaproject that threatened to flood the town along with two of its neighboring villages, Acasico and […]
Ecuador: After National Strike, extractivism and equity debate begins
Large-scale mining and oil extraction go to the dialogue table along with economic relief measures for the poor
QUITO, Ecuador— The National Strike this summer in Ecuador mobilized people from all 24 of its provinces, concentrated thousands of protesters in the city of Quito, and lasted 18 days. Although it has left as a consequence, so far, seven people dead, this new social outbreak compelled important advances in the fight for the defense […]
Violence and Resistance at the Frontlines of Climate Justice
Artist reflects on her encounter with police brutality at Enbridge Line 3 encampment
Despite months of struggle by water protectors, the tar-sands oil of Alberta, Canada is flowing through Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota. But for indigenous-led water protectors, environmental activists and concerned citizens who stood with them, the fight against the “black snake” is far from over. Instead, actions have shifted from the […]
Water and Power in Wirikuta
Threats New and Old Menace the Sacred Peyote Grounds of the Chihuahuan Desert
When it rains in the high plateaus of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, the dampened earth releases a scent that showcases its unique biodiversity. During the rainy season, greasewood bushes, mesquites, yucca and a wide variety of cacti flower and give their fruits, while the locals plant their cornfields that grow according to the nourishment they […]
Treaty People Gathering boosts pressure on disputed oil pipeline
Massive actions to stop Line 3 construction in Native Anishinaabe territory launch "Summer of Resistance"
BEMIDJI, Minnesota — Massive direct actions to stop Line 3 tar-sands crude-oil pipeline construction here in Native Anishinaabe ancestral territory launched a weeklong Treaty People Gathering on June 7. Attracting an estimated 2,000 participants, the occasion was “the beginning of a summer of resistance,” according to Indigenous-led groups, communities of faith, and climate justice organizations hosting it.
Anti-Pipeline Grandmothers Launch Treaty People Gathering
Native pipeline fighters invite sympathizers to weeklong Line 3 opposition, shifting political center of gravity for climate justice
ST. PAUL, Minnesota – At the state Governor’s Mansion on Anishinaabe (Ojibway) ancestral land, 1,000 grandmothers rallied “for future generations” May 26th. They timed the event to punctuate a call from organizers worldwide urging allies to attend the Treaty People Gathering for non-violent direct actions against oil pipelines during the first week of June 2021. […]
Turning the Tide on Megadams
Colombian activists and scientists boost resistance to large-scale hydropower by showing their destructive impacts
Miller Dussán is one of those rare people who can just as comfortably traverse the traditional fishing villages and small farms of the countryside as he can the halls of research and policy-making institutions. In Colombia, a dynamic, water-rich country that is highly dependent on increasingly controversial hydropower, Dussán plays a vital role in these two spaces. In […]
As temps rise, so do water protector arrests
Enbridge’s Line 3, KXL face growing Indigenous-led resistance
Construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 faces growing resistance led by Indigenous groups who see the project as a violation of treaty rights.
Keystone XL Cancellation: Honoring the Treaties?
Native pipeline fighters target Line 3, DAPL
Utterances of relief and gratitude rippled through Indian Country on Inaugural Day Jan. 20, as U.S. President Joe Biden announced an executive order revoking the Keystone XL Pipeline’s permit for construction opposed by tribes along its proposed route through unceded 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty
The Town That Refuses to Drown
The Mexican village of Temaca has become a beacon in the global movement to democratize water and energy management.
This remote Mexican pueblo has stepped into the national spotlight, standing up to a total of eight governors in two different states over the years and taking their fight all the way to Los Pinos, the Mexican White House. If the townsfolk get their way, it will probably be the first time that a mega-dam will be dismantled before it is ever used.
A village of women in resistance
Forum, photo expo highlight female protagonists of the fight against El Zapotillo Dam
TEMACAPULIN, Jalisco, Mexico — Amid the green of Los Altos de Jalisco, hiding at the bottom of a valley, lies a village in resistance. In Temaca, as it’s affectionately known, a band of women have vowed to fight to the end to preserve their territory and their dignity. The women — and the men — […]
Temaca to the World: We're Not Going Anywhere
10th Annual Chile Fair carries on a tradition of resistance to a megadam slated to obliterate three villages
TEMACAPULIN, Jalisco, Mexico — It’s been 14 years since the people of this charming colonial town in the Green River Valley of Mexico’s agriculturally rich Jalisco state have gotten a good night’s sleep — 14 years of fighting the thirty-story megadam that poses an existential threat to their precolonial heritage. A generation has nearly grown […]