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Analysis: Environment

Venezuela’s Indigenous Pemon are Caught in Time on Land Too Valuable for Numbers

A pemon boy rests on the way to Mt. Roraima. (Benjamin Mast)
In the shadow of Columbus Day, venezuelanalysis.com writer Z.C. sketches, through interviews, an intimate portrait of a changing people – the Pemon of Venezuela’s mineral-rich Southeastern border. Their testimonies of struggle reflect the country’s changing political landscape and highlights a stark generational gap that afflicts many of Latin America’s first nation peoples.

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Venezuela: 'People's Solutions' to Climate Crisis Set Out

Participants in the July social movement gathering on Isla Margarita, Venezuela, to discuss their demands ahead of UN climate ta

Social movements gathered on Isla Margarita, Venezuela, over July 15-18 to discuss their demands ahead of United Nations climate talks due to take place in Lima, Peru, in December.

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Changing the System, Not the Climate: July Social PreCOP in Venezuela

The preCop on Margarita island began today. (@vencancilleria)

Nathan Thanki reports from Margarita Island, Venezuela, on the South American nation's unique approach in the first ever social preCOP on climate change.

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Before You Go (Or Decide Not to Go) to the PreCOP in Venezuela, Consider This

The Orinoco river. Venezuela is categorised as one of the world’s seventeen “mega bio-diverse” countries (wikipedia.org)

The issue being raised by many of these European and North American activists is that Venezuela is a major oil producer and that attending such an event would lend tacit support to their fossil fuel extraction.  As a Bolivian, I believe the reality is more complex; this piece is my attempt to add nuance, as well as to call out some of the underlying assumptions of my Northern colleagues and allies in the climate fight.

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State Plans for Prolonged El Niño-Related Drought in Venezuela

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It’s the rainy season in tropical Caracas. The weather service frequently predicts thunderstorms and the air is thick with humidity, yet the menacing clouds rarely produce more than a few drops. Venezuela’s The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources expects half the usual rainfall for the season and is planning accordingly.

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Venezuela, Capitalism & Climate Change

children mision arbol

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has just announced its plan to fight climate change. Claudia Salerno, Vice Minister for North America at the Venezuelan Mission to the United Nations, explained her country's proposals fight climate change at a special meeting with the press May 30. She summed up the plan saying: "Venezuela's contribution is to change the system, not the climate."

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Venezuela and the Battle against Transgenic Seeds

Photo Source: Office of Medical and Scientific Justice

Over the past two months, efforts to introduce a bill in the Venezuelan National Assembly that could have paved the way for the entrance of transgenic seeds into the country met stiff opposition from the agroecology and ecosocialist movements, stopping Monsanto and other GM firms from getting a foothold in the country.

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As Poor Countries Walk Out of Climate Talks, Venezuela Calls on Industrial Nations to Take Action

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Democracy Now's Amy Goodman interviews Claudia Salerno, the lead climate negotiator for Venezuela at this week's climate talks in Warsaw, Poland.

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Why doesn’t Venezuela Ban Bullfighting?

Bullfighting this year in Merida (ABC)

Throughout history bullfighting has been an occasion where the most powerful come together. While Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution tries to create a new identity that is independent of Spanish imperialism, and based on socialist humanitarian ideals, bullfighting strangely continues to be a huge money making industry, attracting governmental opportunists and opposition alike. 

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Venezuela's Doha Climate Delegate Talks: "Rich Countries Profit from Pollution" [Video]

Claudia Salerno (archive)

Claudia Salerno, top negotiator for Venezuela at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, said, "This is not an environmental process. This is a process that is going to have impact in economics, so that is why it is so difficult for developed countries to make the necessary changes in their economics."

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Venezuela Makes Progress towards Fairer Food System

A grower holds a cocoa pod on a community owned plantation in Venezuela.      
(©World Development Movement)

A combination of government support and community food growing initiatives is changing the face of the Venezuela’s food sustainability. Miriam Ross shares a taste of the results.

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Nanotechnology Could Lighten Venezuela’s Oil Footprint

Venezuela has six refineries producing 1.1 million barrels of oil daily (archives)

Venezuela is studying the use of nanotechnology as a means of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases caused by the oil industry.

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A Story about Rubbish: Communities Takeover from Opposition Mayor

Rubbish in Petare (Patria Grande)

Smack in the middle of tourist season, in little, tranquil, and stunningly beautiful Merida, with the giant green Andes hugging it on all sides, artisans in the plaza, beard trees in the parks, and  tourists from Caracas standing in the doorways of pastel coloured posadas with their cameras –the opposition mayor decided to just stop collecting rubbish.

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Food Sovereignty in Venezuela

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Over the last 12 years, the socialist government of Hugo Chavez has been attempting to rebuild Venezuela’s agricultural sector and has included the radical concept of food sovereignty into the country's new constitution. Food sovereignty is a concept that originates in the global south and presents a positive alternative to our broken global food system which is dominated by the multinational food companies who grow food in a way that is unsustainable, leads to hunger and damages the environment.

 

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Beautiful Venezuela: Tourism with a Social Conscience

One of Venezuela's many beautiful sites, La Azulita caves, Merida state (Tamara Pearson/Venezuelanalysis.com)

Rather than Disneyland tourism, rather than humiliating “third word” selling itself to the  rest tourism, in stunning Venezuela, tourism is taking a new turn towards community and state run exploration of history, culture, and biodiversity.

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