Energy and Extractivism

The Campaign “The price of abundance, human rights in the dark”

The campaign “The price of abundance, human rights in the dark” sums up the opposing realities that we live in our planet. We are constantly dazzled by the abundance of our surroundings, enjoying as many products as the human imagination is capable of massively extirpate from the planet. In this state of consumer ecstasy, both the violation of human rights and the environmental impacts associated with the activity of the extractive industries are completely in the dark.

For decades, the prevailing socio political order throughout the world has imposed a model of exponential economic growth based on and sustained by the continuous increase in the extraction of natural resources. A trend that is directly and inevitably linked to the violation of human rights, the increase in consumption and the indiscriminate emission of pollutants. Leaving behind a development model dependent on limited resources and posing a challenge to the current dominant paradigm, of an unsustainable logic and with strong environmental, social, economic impacts and imbalances that directly affect the human rights of many populations.

In addition, large corporations took control of the energy sector, converting this basic right into a commodity. On one hand, the energy management limits the access to families that do not have sufficient economic resources and, on the other hand, perpetuates the constant violation of human rights associated with the model of obtaining energy resources based on extraction made abroad.

Given this situation, it is imperative to look for alternatives. First, we advocate for a change in paradigm regarding the development, production and consumption model. They should be based on the respect and protection of human rights and environment, which means considering the sustainability of the available common goods. Secondly, we propose a shift in the model that will lead us to a scenario of energy sovereignty, where decision-making is driven by citizens, not only as a guarantee tool for a sustainable and socially just model, but also as a democratizing element of access to energy.

The campaign seeks:

  • To reflect on the need for a change in the model of consumption of natural resources based on justice, respect for human rights and sustainability.
  • To make known and inform the dynamics that perpetuate an unsustainable consumption model and the impacts that extractive industries cause in their interventions, both globally and locally.
  • To support and reinforce organizations and social movements in our partner countries on their daily work to denounce the impacts of extractive industries and the processes of change they promote.
  • To advise political actors so they can demand from extractive industries and governments respect for the environment and human rights, as well as measures that guarantee a fair and sustainable socioeconomic model.
  • To work for a change in paradigm regarding energy production, distribution and consumption at all levels, including aspects such as the democratization of property and the management of infrastructures through the participation of civil society, occupation of territory, control and participation by civil society and the guarantee of universal access to basic rights.