Good job bringing this to light. People won't realise how huge the problem is and municipalities are woefully ill equipped to...
Agreed; mining can never be sustainable, but then how do you get the metals to make all the things you need in the course of...
Very good piece.
Faced by mounting protests and a 110-day-long hunger strike by a jailed indigenous rights activist, Chile's government has
agreed to create a high commission for the rights of the indigenous Mapuche communities. The commission will work with the
parliament to achieve full constitutional recognition of the native people.
Activist Patricia Troncoso called-off
her hunger strike on January 31 after hearing the announcement. Troncoso, along with other activists, was imprisoned in 2002
on charges of terrorist arson on a pine plantation that officially belongs to a logging company, but is claimed by the
Mapuche as their ancestral land. The Mapuche say they have been conserving the rare Araucaria forests in southern Chile from
time immemorial and claim the forests as the ancestral territory.