What does an ecological constitution mean for Chile?

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By Sara Larrain

Editor's note: The following is from Issue 24.

In recent centuries, the human species has found a certain stability under the political institutionality of the Nation-States, after thousands of years living on Planet Earth under different forms of social, political and economic organization. They agree on principles, duties, rights and forms of governance in the constitutions and laws which protect the common good, justice and democracy.

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Issue 24: Greening Chile

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In our previous issue, our magazine highlighted a positive turn toward locally based, agroecological food systems during the Covid pandemic. Now, there is another new beginning. In July, representatives elected by the Chilean people began convening to craft a new magna carta. This historic constituyente stems from the serious social unrest that preceded the pandemic here, and the country has no choice but to address their popular demands. In Issue 24, we analyze the challenges and opportunities in that debate, and the inspiring rise of a new generation of young environmental leaders. 
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The Cerillos traverse

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By Erwin Martínez
Photos by Pablo Lloncón

Editor's note: The following is from Issue 24.

“We cannot protect what we don’t love, and we cannot love what we don’t know.” With that guiding philosophy, we finally decided to do a trek that for years had been on our to-do list. Called the “Cerrillos traverse,” the route begins at the south face of Mocho Choshuenco National Reserve and reaches the small town of Cerrillos, located 18 kilometers from Futrono in Chile’s Los Rios region.

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Argentina bans installation of salmon industry in national parks

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Photo: Daniel CasadoPhoto: Daniel Casado

 

Ecoceanos News – As a way to protect the coastal ecosystems of rivers, lakes and the sea, Argentina issued this week (08/11/2021) a resolution that prohibits the operation of fish farms in salmonids and commercial aquaculture, in all the national parks of this South American country.

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Plight of the Pajarada

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Photos: Katrina Pyne for Hakai MagazinePhotos: Katrina Pyne for Hakai Magazine

 

Editors's note: This story and video were originally published in Hakai Magazine, a publication in Canada that explores science, society and the environment from a coastal perspective. 

In Patagonia, seabirds and artisanal hake fishers have a long-established relationship. Industrial fishers, not so much—and it’s not good for the birds.

 

By Katrina Pyne and Jude Isabella

Reciprocity is a practice ingrained in balance, seen across many cultures over millennia, and often associated with respect and sustainability. “Give a gift, in reciprocity for what you have taken. Sustain the ones who sustain you and the earth will last forever,” says author Robin Wall Kimmerer in her book Braiding Sweetgrass.

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