Socio-Ecological Transformation

Defending the defenders

Environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) are defined by the United Nations as “in individuals and groups who, in their personal or professional capacity and in a peaceful matter, strive to protect and promote human rights relating to the environment including water, air, land, flora and fauna.” EHRDs in the Philippines have protected 1.8 million hectares…

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Cultivating Food and social justice in the Philippines and Cambodia

This article is part of the publication “Crash barriers for a post-COVID 19 food and agricultural system,” a collaborative publication that aims to highlight how a post-COVID-19 food and agricultural system should look like from a left perspective. It is facilitated by several regional offices of RLS and joined by authors from countries like India,…

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Hijacking food systems: technofix takeover at the FSS

Our latest communiqué looks at how the Food Systems Summit (FSS) planned for the fall of 2021 is not about changing food systems, but about spinning a story that props up and expands the industrial food chain at the expense of other food systems. The FSS’s proponents argue that the “food system” is broken, that…

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“We Must Transition from Dirty Coal to Renewable Energy”

Activist Pius Ginting looks at the impact of Chinese investments in Indonesia Pius Ginting works for the Indonesian environmental organization Asosiasi Ekologi dan Emansipasi Rakyat (Action for Ecology and People’s Emancipation, AEER) based in Jakarta. AEER struggles for the improvement of natural resources management and helps build sustainable relationships of communities with their environment. He was an active…

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Bus to the future

Nickel plays an important role in the portrayal of the electrical vehicle battery as one of the solutions to air pollution and climate change. However, in the Global South, where most of the raw materials needed for building these new and more efficient machines and devices are sourced, the rising demand for electric vehicles is…

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