Where is the support for the women defending land and water, Canada?

Land defenders, Isabel Zuleta of Movimiento Ríos Vivos Antioquia in Colombia and Natalia Atz Sunuc of Kaji’ Ajpop in Guatemala, attend the launch of KAIROS' MERE Hub, November 2019.

This op-ed by Gabriela Jiménez, KAIROS’ Latin American Partnerships Coordinator was published in Canada’s National Observer on August 23, 2020. 

Canadians care about the environment. Multiple polls found that the climate crisis was one of the top issues of the 2019 federal election campaign, with 25 per cent of respondents claiming it was their number one concern.

Despite this public mandate, the federal government prioritizes the interests of Canada-based extractive companies, particularly mining, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of the globe’s industry, by providing the sector with generous incentives in the form of tax breaks and vague, voluntary regulations.

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Filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America


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