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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

Our Unique Training Opportunities

We offer 3 kinds of training:1. Master in political ecology;This is the first Master of its kind, and one of the first in the world in the flourishing field of …

The Environmental Justice MOOC from the University of East Anglia: Take full advantage of this unique opportunity

This free 5-week online course is open to everyone around the world and usually starts in October. Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in …

Teaching about the EJAtlas in China

See how members from our team (Arnim Scheidel, Grettel Navas and Juan Liu) taught an 8-week course in China about Political Ecology  Vea cómo los miembros de nuestro equipo (Arnim Scheidel, Grettel Navas …

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

A global environmental justice movement: mapping ecological distribution conflicts

By Joan Martínez-Alier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)AbstractAbstract: The industrial economy is not circular, it is entropic, therefore requiring new supplies of energy and materials extracted from the “commodity frontiers”, and …

Environmental conflicts and defenders: A global overview

By Arnim Scheidel, Daniela Del Bene, Juan Liu, Grettel Navas, Sara Mingorría, Federico Demaria, Sofía Avila, Brototi Roy, Irmak Ertör, Leah Temper, Joan Martínez-AlierAbstract.Recent research and policies recognize the importance …

Environmental justice and the SDGs: from synergies to gaps and contradictions

 By Mary Menton, Carlos Larrea, Sara Latorre, Joan Martinez-Alier, Mika Peck, Leah Temper & Mariana Walter. AbstractThrough their synergies, trade-offs, and contradictions, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) have the potential …

Learning and Teaching Through the Online Environmental Justice Atlas: From Empowering Activists to Motivating Students

By Mariana Walter, Lena Weber, Leah Temper. AbstractIn this paper we examined how the Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas),1 an online platform that was initially developed to make visible and systematize …

“Garbage is Gold”: Waste-based Commodity Frontiers, Modes of Valorization and Ecological Distribution Conflicts

By Seth Schindler and Federico Demaria Abstract Waste is increasingly viewed as a resource rather than an externality. However, new waste management regimes must be introduced in order for value to be …

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 …

Latest from the Blog

Environmental conflicts and defenders: a global view

By Arnim Scheidel, Daniela Del Bene, Juan Liu, Grettel Navas, Sara Mingorría,  Federico Demaria, Sofía Avila, Brototi Roy, Irmak Ertör, Leah Temper, Joan Martinez-Alier.A new article by the EnvJustice team at ICTA-UAB, based on …

Paving the way for the next pandemic

By Brototi Roy and Nick Meynen.The lockdown from one pandemic is being used in India to pave the way for the next, with a controversial plan to clear extremely valuable …