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Global atlas of "environmental justice" re-launches website tracking conflicts involving companies


The EJOLT project launches today a new phase of the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, an interactive map that catalogues thousands of localized stories of resistance against damaging projects: from mines to toxic waste sites to oil refining operations to areas of deforestation. The Atlas is an initiative of the Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project. The new platform is launched at the project closing meeting on 2 March 2015 in Brussels.

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3 March 2015

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

Author: EJOLT

The EJOLT project launches today a new phase of the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice...According to EJatlas coordinator and editor Dr. Leah Temper, "the new website will make the connections between economic activities, companies and environmental impacts even clearer..."...Modifications and improvements to the website include: Coverage of almost 1400 cases of environmental conflicts in all continents...A new dynamic interface...Improved Search & Filter...6 new featured maps include...Fracking Frenzy...Mining in Latin America...Climate Debt...according to Prof. Martinez-Alier, "the project calls on European Union policymakers and parliamentarians to integrate environmental justice concerns into their policy agenda and move towards reducing the current atmosphere of impunity for environmental crimes."

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3 March 2015

Mapping the global battle to protect our planet

Author: Leah Temper, coordinator and co-editor at EJAtlas, in The Guardian

From Banja Luka to Gezi Park, Turkey to Rosia Montana, Romania to the land wars across India, social conflicts are increasingly playing out through battles around environmental resources and in defence of common land...most of the time, the evictions, forced relocations and the violent repression of those impacted by contamination from gold mines, oil extraction, plantations and agribusiness operations are rarely covered in the press...there is no one body that tracks the occurrence and frequency of mobilisations and protests related to the environment. It was this need to better understand and to track such contentious activity that motivated the Atlas of Environmental Justice project...At the moment the atlas documents 1,400 conflicts...[refers to Vedanta, Chevron, Daewoo]

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