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Atlas of Environmental Justice in the Press

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By Leah Temper. The Atlas of Environmental Justice has been making waves across the world. Since the launch we have had over 130 press mentions in 21 countries and more than …


EJOLT meets EEA in Copenhagen

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By Nick Meynen. On 26 March, an EJOLT delegation visited the headquarters of the European Environmental Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen to discuss possible avenues for collaboration. We explained our Atlas – …

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Global Atlas of environmental conflicts launched in Brussels

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[BRUSSELS, 19 March 2014] The Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project launches today its Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, a visually attractive and interactive online mapping platform detailing …

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NEW online course from EJOLT – subscribe now

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EJOLT, in collaboration with Fundación Neotrópica, a Costa Rican NGO, and UCI (Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional) is running an online course “Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice”, taught through civil …

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Support Mapping Environmental Justice Conflicts in the United States

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By Alejandro Colsa, Bernadette Grafton, Katy Hintzen and Sara Orvis. As students at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment we consider ourselves lucky to be part of an …


Vacancy at ICTA in field of political ecology

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We are offering a post-doc fellowship on the field of political ecology at ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). Please, distribute the call to your colleagues. The European Network for …

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EJOLT’s networking and policywork

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In June, EJOLT collaborators were pursuing dissemination of research results in European policy and academic circles. This work is less mediatised, but our readers might occasionaly want to hear on …


ERA: Twenty years of fighting environmental crimes

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by Nnimmo Bassey, Executive Director, ERA/FoEN (1993-2013). Nnimmo speaks at an event to mark the 20th Anniversary or EJOLT partner ERA. This is his speech: It gives me great pleasure to welcome …


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Professor Jennifer Clapp (Waterloo University, Canada) is the external evaluator of the EJOLT project. She has recently finished the Evaluation Report for the first 18 months (April 2011 – September 2012). We publish …

NEW ONLINE COURSE: “Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice”

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EJOLT is running an online course “Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice”, taught through civil society organisation (CSO) case studies across a broad range of topics with a particular focus on …

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Western consumption: a source of environmental conflicts

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By Alma de Walsche, MO* magazine (translated by Nick Meynen). Mining projects, oil and gas extraction, energy crop plantations and tourist resorts are increasingly encroaching on pristine areas. Here they come …


Waste Pickers look back on a year of struggle and success

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March 1 was International Waste Pickers’ Day, in memory of the massacre in Colombia in which 11 workers were killed at the University of Barranquilla. For the past 21 years …


Clashing paths of development in Nantes

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Riots erupted in Nantes on Saturday, after the French government decided to replace the current airport of Nantes with the bigger 4 million passengers Notre Dame Des Landes Airport, on …

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Between activism and science: grassroots concepts for sustainability coined by Environmental Justice Organizations

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“The world of EJOs (Environmental Justice Organisations) has come to exist because of the many conflicts caused by the increase of social metabolism and global inequalities of power and income. …


Making the link between EJ and biodiversity conservation at IPBES conference

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By Amanda Blank EJOLT collaborators from the Environmental Social Science Research Group attended the 2nd conference of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) last week. IPBES-2 closed the …

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Jal Satyagraha in the Narmada Valley

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By Daniela Del Bene. Satyagraha is the struggle for the Truth, a Gandhian way of fighting injustice with the power of the Truth. Jal means water and the two words indicate …

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Ecological Economics from the Ground Up

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‘This book represents one serious effort by an international group of researchers, under the direction of one of the finest ecological economists of our time – Professor Joan Martínez-Alier, to …


European support for the first network of research and training in political ecology

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A group of eleven organisations, coordinated by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), will train 18 researchers in Political Ecology over the …

International seminar on environmental justice and water justice

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EJOLT is the co-sponsor of an international seminar on environmental justice and water justice in Colombia, October 2013. Here is the call for papers: Objective To analyse, within the conceptual framework of …


Massacre in Totonicapán, Guatemala

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Seven were killed and some 40 wounded on Oct. 4 when security forces attacked a protest road blockade by Maya indigenous campesinos in Guatemala’s highland department of Totonicapán. Protesters were blocking …

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Indigenous populations disproportionately hit in environmental conflicts

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By Joan Martinez Alier. In the EJOLT Atlas,, which is such a success, we can trace whether indigenous populations are involved or not in the one thousand conflicts we have …


Nayarit communities call for support to scrap destructive water management schemes

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By Daniela Del Bene. Canal Costa de Oro, also known as “Canal Centenario”, is one of the most ambitious and strategic water management projects of the Government of Nayarit, Mexico. It …


Medha Patkar and India’s environmental justice party

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By Joan Martinez-Alier. Since the 1980s, Medha Patkar has been one of the top environmental activists from India, engaging initially with the Narmada Bachao Andolan against dams (movement to save the …


New Indian Party fights for social and environmental justice … and wins

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By Daniela Del Bene A new force is shaking things up in Indian politics. In December, the new Aam Aadmi Party (the ”Common Man Party”) contested the Delhi legislative assembly election …

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Innovation vs. Precaution: Competing principles?

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By Amanda Blank Twelve of the largest corporations in Europe submitted a letter to the European Commission (EC), urging them to adopt an “Innovation Principle” to be taken into full consideration …

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Full Belly Environmentalism…of lead

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By Joan Martínez AlierThe following statements are from a range of Latin American presidents, ranging from Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua) on the far left up to Juan Manuel Santos …

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Declaration of the Ekopotamya Network (Turkey, Iran, Iraq)

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We, civil society organizations and social movements from Mesopotamia have come together because our rivers and lakes remain to be in significant danger of being dried up completely to the …

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Himalayan dams: goddamned!

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By Nick Meynen and Daniela Del Bene. UPDATE: Wednesday 14 August When top environmental journalist Fred Pearce wrote “Water, the defining crisis of the 21st century” in 2007, water conflict cases in …

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“Ríos para la vida, no para la muerte – Rivers for Life, not for Death”

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By Daniela Del Bene. Noé Vasquez Ortiz was preparing the opening ceremony of the Annual Meeting convened by Mapder (Movimiento Mexicano de Afectados por la Presas en Defensa de los Ríos) …


Scholar solidarity with NO-Tav movement in Italy in reaction to military repression

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In reaction to the repressive measures adopted by Italian military and police forces in the end of July, Silvia Federici has asked for this statement to be circulated and sign …

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Environmental justice in the EU and beyond

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Save the date for an environmental justice conference & debate in Brussels where EJOLT will launch the Atlas of Environmental Justice, on 19 March. CLICK HERE to make your registration As global …


Summer course on socially sustainable degrowth (Barcelona, Spain)

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Adapting to the times of crisis: an advanced course on socially sustainable degrowth Amidst calls for restoring growth as a path out of the crisis, the intellectual and political …


EJOLT unites leading legal experts and Environmental Justice activists in Rome

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By Lucie Greyl Marking an important mid-term milestone, the EJOLT project has chosen Italy, an emblematic country for its environmental conflicts known worldwide, as the next location of the annual meeting. …

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