As part of the Latin America Week (4th - 13th April), a meeting to raise awareness of the issues around unsustainable exploitation of natural resources is being organised by the Latin American Solidarity Centre in conjunction with community leaders in Leitrim in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday April 11 at 8pm.
The meeting will focus on examples from Colombia and Peru, presented by two community leaders, to see the impact on the communities and how they organise to face this threat.
This will open up debate around the campaign against fracking in Ireland and discussion about the similarities and difference.
According to LASC coordinator “Given the current crisis affecting communities all across Ireland, the Latin American experience is insightful and full of valuable lessons of resilience, resistance and creativity”.
Their emphasis is not only on the impact of the unsustainable exploitation of resources, but on the potential for community based alternatives of development.