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Resource October 7, 2020

Investigating Power in Environmental Crises (Webinar Recording)

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Campo Alegre is the largest mining area in Canaima National Park, located in the Gran Sabana, in the park’s eastern sector, in southeastern Venezuela. Image by Fabiola Ferrero. Venezuela, 2020.
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More than half of Venezuelan land is part of the Amazon. Of the nine nations in South America that...

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The vegetation that once characterized Campo Alegre has been pushed aside by the excavated earth. Image by Fabiola Ferrero. Venezuela, 2020.
The vegetation that once characterized Campo Alegre has been pushed aside by the excavated earth. Image by Fabiola Ferrero. Venezuela, 2020.

Perceived resource scarcity and rapidly growing global demand can lead to environmental conflict and ecological degradation. In these contexts, ownership, commercial, and financial interests are often invisible. On September 22, 2020, journalists who have successfully investigated contended lands, toxic pollution, and the downside of even well-meaning conservation efforts in a variety of geographic contexts discussed approaches to investigating the corruption and power struggles behind today’s key threats to the environment.

This program was offered in both English and Spanish as part of a series on environmental journalism presented by the Pulitzer Center, in partnership with Fundación Gabo and Grupo ISA.

Panelists: Wahyu Dhyatmyka, editor in chief at Tempo.coAmy Martin, founder and executive producer of Threshold; and María Ramírez, journalist at El Correo del Caroní; in conversation with Patricia Campos Mello, journalist at Folha de S.Paulo.

Journalists and activists, among others, discussed their in-depth research and reporting in sessions throughout September. For a complete list of the seminars, visit this page.