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Nature's defenders

The race is on to exploit the planet’s dwindling resources – minerals, oil, water – as fast and rapaciously as possible. This is causing toxic pollution, adding to global warming and threatening the lives and livelihoods of those living closest to nature. Holding the frontline are indigenous people – especially those of the Amazon. We visit Peru, where a rebellion of nature’s defenders is taking hold and challenging both governments and corporations.

October 2011, Issue 446

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Nature’s defenders
Vanessa Baird introduces a clash that is becoming increasingly heated – and relevant.
Peru's dam busters
Peru’s Asháninka people take on the dam builders to save Pakitzapango.
Meet the defenders
Profiling environmental champions who don’t buy Western ideas of development.
Avatar for real
From Canada to Congo, from India to Australia, indigenous communities are fighting for their lives and livelihoods.
¡Agro si! ¡Mina no!
When the people of Peru’s southern Andes arose to defend farming and oppose mining.
A different imagination
Opening up the space in our minds. Vanessa Baird concludes this special report. Plus Action contacts and information.
Indonesia’s forgotten massacre
Waste water farm tames ‘the garbage monster’
Shack-dwellers’ victory
Still no real justice for Afghan women
Spain’s slow-burning revolution
Gemma Galdon gives a quick introduction to the Spanish movement that sparked a worldwide revolt against the global financial system.
The population time bomb: hoax or horror?
Who is to blame for the Somali famine?
Is it the US government? Is it Al Shabab? Is it the UN? Sally Healy argues it is the result of a collective failure.
Should there be a maximum wage?
As the hyper-rich pull further away from the rest of us, should the state impose a limit on what people earn? Read our debate and have your say.
Winds of change
Movies from North Africa and the Middle East flesh out the cultural and social contexts to the current political uprisings.
Films, books and music from around the world reviewed.
Volunteering offers new purpose
Tina Burrett finds Japanese youth galvanized post- tsunami.
In a pickle
Anna Weston considers how best to preserve her harvest.
Have a happy and green Hallowe’en
In the US, Green Hallowe’en is now an established movement
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