Kohle-Tagebau Cerrejón, Kolumbien
El Cerrejón ist ein Steinkohlebergwerk im nördlichsten Teil Kolumbiens. Es erstreckt sich über insgesamt 69.000 ha und ist damit der größte Steinkohletagebau Lateinamerikas sowie einer der größten der Welt. Über 90 Prouzent der Kohle wird über langfristige Verträge vor allem nach Nordamerika, Europa und China exportiert. Wegen der mit dem Tagebau verbundenen Umsiedlungen kommt es immer wieder zu Protesten der einheimischen Bevölkerung. Zudem beklagt die Bergarbeitergewerkschaft Sintracarbón wiederholt Verletzungen der Arbeitnehmerrechte sowie Morddrohungen gegen ihre Mitglieder und Gemeindevertreter. Kolumbien ist Deutschlands größter Kohlelieferant. RWE, E.ON und STEAG wird vorgeworfen, ungenügende Umwelt- und Menschenrechtstandards zu tolerieren.
Den Auswirkungen des Kohleabbaus in El Cerrejón und insbesondere der Umsiedlungsproblematik widmet sich unser Autor Lucas Ochoa Roldán aus Kolumbien. Er ergänzt unser Düsseldorfer Team im Mai und Juni 2017.
"The Cerrejón mine in La Guajira, northen Colombia, has been violently changing the customs, autonomy and ancestral relationship of indigenous and afro communities with their territories for over 30 years. The discourse of “development” has served as source and mechanism of displacement used by the coal company. To know more please read my article."
Hier geht es zum Artikel von Lucas Ochoa Roldán als Download (pdf).
Lucas Ochoa Roldán
Lucas Ochoa Roldán aus Kolumbien ergänzt unser Düsseldorfer Team im Mai und Juni 2017. Wir freuen uns auf die Zusammenarbeit und empfehlen, mit ihm Kontakt aufzunehmen und ihn als Gesprächspartner einzuladen.
Hier stellt Lucas sich vor:
“Hello Everybody! I am Lucas Ochoa Roldán, and I am from Medellín – Colombia, where I belong to an environmental activists group called AMA Foundation (Friends of the Environment), which has its field of action in the city of Medellín, its metropolitan area and the region of Antioquia. I will be living in Düsseldorf for two months and I would like to share with you some writings on the main issues we are addressing in AMA, our specific environmental objectives and our actions. It is a real pleasure to be here!
For now I want to tell you that I was invited to participate in a project called KF Reverse. This is an exchange project organized by Engagement Global, German Watch and other NGOs from North Rhine Westphalia, such as Eine Welt Netz NRW, of whom I am the guest. The project aims to encourage and motivate cooperation among civil society actors not only between the global North and South but also to promote South-South interaction and cooperation. In this year's version, there are young women and men participants from South Africa, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania, India and Colombia.
We started the KF Reverse project with the Introductory Seminar that took place between the 8th and 10th of May in the city of Bonn. There, we had the opportunity to get to know each other, as well as to hear about the NGOs that all of us are representing and the work each one performs in the home countries. We also had the privilege to receive some presentations and inputs on important topics as the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and the mechanisms of implementation; the growing importance of civil society actors and the necessity to expand the civil society space, in order to generate more pressure on government workers and public policies. We also received an input of a short history of the conferences on climate change and its most relevant points in the fight to combat climate change.
Additionally, we had the chance to attend a panel called Global How? Where a very fruitful and interesting debate was held on ways to facilitate a better global learning for the social transformation. There were presented some still-developing concepts such as Global Citizenship, in the need to think of ourselves, altogether, as responsible for the course of our planet, to think of ourselves as Citizens of the world. We also discussed Environmental Education as a fundamental pillar for transformation, where it was concluded that educated people transform and pose transformations for their environment.
It is a pleasure to be able to know firsthand how the environmental discourse is being developed in the so-called developed countries, how concepts as Sustainable Development and Environmental Education are being thought and that it is possible to cooperate and build the path of action and networking together to fight more effectively this environmental crisis and its causes on climate change.
See you around!"
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