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The Persecution and Violation of Human Rights of Environmental Defenders

1. Background In the framework of the United Nations “Human rights defender” is a term used to describe people who, individually or with others, act to promote or protect human rights. …

The Vedanta Case in India

1. Synthesis of the main facts The Vedanta Case concerns a proposal to develop an open cast bauxite mine on the upper reaches of the Niyamgiri hills in Orissa, India. According …

The Trafigura Case

1. Factual background In the Probo Koala incident, more recently also known as the Trafigura case, toxic and dangerous waste products belonging to Trafigura –one of the world’s leading oil trading …

The Yanacocha Mine Case

1. Introduction: The Yanacocha mine The Yanacocha gold mine is located in Northern Peru, at an altitude between 3500 and 4000m, near the city of Cajamarca (35 km). It is considered …

The Rio Tinto Case in Papua New Guinea

1. Factual background The company Rio Tinto has an extensive history of conflicts related to human rights violations and environmental damage, and over the years numerous countries have been affected. The …

Irrawaddy dam

This is a provisional success story in 2011 in stopping a very large dam already under construction and scheduled for completion in 2019 in the upper reaches of the Irrawaddy …

Podcasts

Nnimmo Bassey on green economy (1)

Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria) will guide you through the seductive ‘green economy’ and explain how the way it is currently promoted by UN agencies such as UNEP is rather giving a …

Podcast One: EJOLT introduction

This first podcast serves to introduce the EJOLT project in less than 2 minutes

Presentations

Presentation about EJOLT work

This presentation is an introduction to some of the EJOLT work

Presentation about EJOLT partners

This presentation is an introduction to some of the EJOLT partners  

Press Releases

Global Atlas of Environmental Justice re-launches website tracking ecological conflicts globally

New platform integrates geo-spatial data to present conflicts in context and expands its coverage The EJOLT project launches today a new phase of the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, an interactive …

Map of most influential environmental justice conflicts in the US is released this week

[BRUSSELS, 25 June 2014] The 40 most influential environmental justice conflicts in recent American history are now included in a Global Atlas of Environmental Justice. The U.S. cases were compiled …

Global Atlas of environmental conflicts launched in Brussels

[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 …

Scientific Papers

Environmental justice and Chinese dam-building in the global South

By Giuseppina Siciliano, Daniela Del Bene, Arnim Scheidel, Juan Liu, Frauke Urban. AbstractChinese investments in large hydropower dams have rapidly increased all over the world in the last 20 years. …

A socio-metabolic perspective on environmental justice and degrowth movements

By Arnim Scheidel and Anke Schaffartzik.AbstractDegrowth and environmental justice movements share overarching aims of sustainability and justice and pursue them through radical social change and resistances. Both movements are diverse …

Environmental Justice Movements in India: An analysis of the multiple manifestations of violence.

By Brototi Roy and Joan Martinez-Alier.AbstractWith each passing year, defending land and water, livelihoods and cultures appears to become more violent. Against the alarming number of murders of environmental activists …

Ecological Distribution Conflicts in India. Some Insights on the Role of Violence

By Joan Martinez-Alier and Brototi Roy.The term Ecological Distribution Conflicts(EDCs) was coined about 20 years ago by ecological economists (Martinez-Alier and O‟Connor 1996) to describe social conflicts born from the …

A ‘political fungology’ of China’s booming banana sector

By Robin Thiers, Juan Liu, Grettel Navas, Arnim Scheidel, Haifei MouAbstractChina’s commercial Cavendish banana production revolves around the mobilization of land, capital and labour, as well as the management of …

Political ecology in China

In past times, China’s presence in the world did not have the current environmental impact. Nowadays, China extracts 4,000 million tons of coal per year, three tons per person. This …

The expansion of intensive marine aquaculture in Turkey: The next‐to‐last commodity frontier?

By Irmak Ertor, Miquel Ortega-CerdaAbstractAquaculture is one of the fastest growing food‐producing sectors, and its share in global seafood production is rising significantly compared with capture fisheries. This transforms seafood …

Mapping the frontiers and front lines of global environmental justice: the EJAtlas

By Leah Temper, Daniela del Bene, Joan Martinez-AlierAbstractThis article highlights the need for collaborative research on ecological conflicts within a global perspective. As the social metabolism of our industrial economy …

The Global Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas): ecological distribution conflicts as forces for sustainability

By Leah Temper, Federico Demaria, Arnim Scheidel, Daniela Del Bene, Joan Martinez-Alier IntroductionThe environmental movement may be “the most comprehensive and influential movement of our time” (Castells 1997: 67), representing for the ‘post-industrial’ age what the …

More dams, more violence? A global analysis on resistances and repression around conflictive dams through co-produced knowledge

By Daniela Del Bene, Arnim Scheider, Leah Temper  Abstract  The present article analyses a unique database of 220 dam-related environmental conflicts, retrieved from the Global Atlas on Environmental Justice (EJAtlas), and based on …

Latest from the Blog

Prof. Joan Martinez-Alier wins the First Bina Agarwal Prize for Ecological Economics

The international 2019 Bina Agarwal Prize has been attributed to EnvJustice coordinator Professor Joan Martinez-Alier for his contribution on ecological economics as well as practical work on environmental justice, including …

Save the date: Stay Grounded Conference 12-14th of July 2019 in Barcelona

By Katharina Wiese. The aviation industry is the most climate-harming mode of transport. The total global warming impact of each flight is thought to be around twice as high as only …