The Ecologist: President Santos: environmental saint or sinner?

21 November 2017 - 11:00am
War on Want in the news

President Santos of Colombia recently won two international awards for championing peace and biodiversity despite criticism from campaigners who say he is "encouraging agro-industrial projects that displace local communities", writes Catherine Early at The Ecologist (20 November 2017).

Quoting War on Want's Seb Muñoz, Early writes about the controversies around Santos' contributions, including the issue of displacing indigenous people through destructive extraction industries:

Germany, Norway and the UK have pledged around €200 million to Colombia if it successfully reduces emissions from deforestation through REDD+ schemes. Santos’ government has also encouraged mining of coal, gold and silver, which has caused environmental destruction and displaced communities, according to War on Want.

“It’s beyond cynical that he should receive a prize at this moment when he is deepening this particular model that has wreaked havoc historically,” said Muñoz.

Latest news

Corporate land grab exploits the land and rights of Papua New Guinea’s indigenous peoples

6 December 2018 - 12:30pm


Photo: Greenpeace

New Report, 'The SABL Land Grab', exposes the corporate land grab that exploits the land and rights of Papua New Guinea’s indigenous peoples

Private companies are illegally occupying land in Papua New Guinea for logging and palm oil plantations, according to a new report published by War on Want and its partner in Papua New Guinea, Act NOW!.

Read more

In-work poverty condemned – four million workers in poverty

4 December 2018 - 2:15pm

New research today by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation highlights the increasing number of people in in-work poverty.

Read more

Join the conversation

’Migrants are not a problem to be solved, it’s the causes of migration that need solving. That means a people’s com… https://t.co/B0CBXcbl7f 15 hours 44 min ago
Tendayi Achiume UN special Rapporteur on Racism, Xenophobia calls for transnational & national social movement buil… https://t.co/CGnepoHlad 17 hours 29 min ago
We need to develop structural critique of discrimination - it’s not just hate speech. Need to use CERD - it’s legal… https://t.co/MqUJP1FbpA 17 hours 33 min ago