Featured maps have proven to be powerful tools to disseminate and empower environmental justices struggles. Here some examples of Featured maps developed by social movements in collaboration with the Atlas team:
The map shows 30+ cases of conflict worldwide due to Chevron activities. This map was launched on the international day against Chevron Texaco (21/05/2016) in coordination with the day´s organizers and received wide media attention.
The map is the result of a collaborative project between the EJAtlas team, A SUD – Ecologia e Cooperazione ONLUS y CDCA – Centro di Documentazione sui Conflitti Ambientali, Italy and the Unión de Afectados por Texaco, Ecuador. The Chevron Corporation constitutes an emblematic example of corporate violation of human rights against people on their lands; the company also uses the international architecture of impunity in order not to assume its responsibility for the damages caused. The aim of this map is therefore to show major conflicts concerning extractive activities led by the Chevron Corporation as well as peoples’ resistance and struggles.
Featured map on Mining Conflicts in Latin America
The extraction of raw materials in Latin American countries has jumped from 2400 million tonnes in 1970 to about 8300 million tonnes in 2009. This extractive boom is particularly significant for metal ores. The mining conflicts featured map presents cases of mining conflicts related to metal ores, industrial minerals and construction materials mining activities. Metal ores present the largest number of reported cases.
As illustrated by the map, mining activities are fostering social unrest and conflict throughout the region. However, most national governments in the region, regardless of their political regime and social discourse are promoting these activities and approach mining contestation through coercive actions, criminalization and de-legitimation. One of the most concerning trends is the increased number of cases of anti-mining activists that are dying due to police or army repression or by anonymous crimes that remain mostly unsolved. Central America (ej. Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala) has a long history of violence against activists and during the past decade similar trends have spread in South America rising increasing concerns.
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As the production of conventional oil and gas is quickly depleting, the fossil fuel industry is now developing globally unconventional energy sources such as shale gas, shale oil, tight gas and coal-bed methane. Its extraction process, which includes the technique of high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”, generates serious and large-scale environmental and human health concerns, such as threats to surface and ground water quality, pressure on drinking water reserves, worries over fracking’s impacts on air quality, the stimulation of earthquakes and its important impact on climate change.