Imparting information and raising awareness
In addition to cooperating on the project in Amazonia, imparting information and raising awareness within Europe are also important aspects for Climate Alliance. The populations of the northern hemisphere should be made aware of the issues that are important to the indigenous peoples in Amazonia.
These include protection of the biological diversity, the effects of climate change, oil exploitation, and the protection of indigenous rights. These issues are prepared and imparted in cooperation with other information and awareness-raising institutions.
EnergyBridges – Sustainable energy for poverty reduction
EnergyBridges strives to boost public awareness of the energy imbalance between the countries of the northern and southern hemispheres. Climate Alliance’s partners, municipalities in Europe and indigenous peoples of Amazonia wish to campaign together for the just usage of energy through public relations work and awareness raising, lobbying and concrete project support.
Further information: EnergyBridges website
Oil exploitation in Amazonia
In the Amazon region in particular, more and more new oil reserves are being uncovered and exploitation licences issued. In addition to the rainforest ecosystem in general, the indigenous peoples in whose traditional settlement areas the oil is exploited also count among the victims. In some places, they have been evicted from their land or forced to live in an environment that has been polluted by the oil.
The aim of the project is to explain the close relationship between excessive energy consumption, destruction of the rainforests, threats to the existence of indigenous peoples, and climate change. Climate Alliance’s European Secretariat cooperates with Klimabündnis Österreich and ASTM in Luxembourg on this EU-funded project.
Information is available on the project homepage, as well as in the form of printed materials, presentations and art initiatives in municipalities and schools. www.erdoelinamazonien.org
Ch@t der Welten [Chat of the Worlds]
Oil is everywhere in our daily lives, however its usage is rarely addressed as a problem – and when it is, this generally occurs with regard to pollution and climate change. To date, we have barely considered the consequences of oil exploitation on the economies of the countries of the southern hemisphere. It is difficult for us to grasp the impact on the living space and social conditions of the people – particularly the indigenous people – in the oil exploitation regions of Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia.
The “Ch@t der Welten” project attempts to close this information gap. It covers the subject of the oil product line in its entirety, from oil exploitation in the rainforests through to consumption. The project makes contact with the different involved parties in the Amazon region directly via the internet, enabling students greater insight into this issue, offering them the opportunity for direct discussions with representatives from the indigenous organisations, the state institutions and the oil corporations in the four countries (Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia), allowing then to gain a full picture of the issue of raw materials production and usage.
Within the scope of a pilot scheme, the “Ch@t der Welten” internet project was trialled at 20 selected schools in North Rhine-Westphalia. On a specially-created website, there is both a public information area as well as a private workshop area, which allows project participants access to countless communication areas and databases. Within this framework, students could communicate both with one another and with partners in Amazonia directly or online. Representatives from the oil industry, the governments and the indigenous organisations participated in this project and were at students’ disposal. The pilot project has since been completed.
In 2010, “Ch@t der Welten” was rolled out in eight German federal states with different areas of focus. Topics include oil in Amazonia, indigenous peoples in Latin America, biodiversity, water, renewable resources, the climate and energy.
The project documentation of the chat in North Rhine-Westphalia can be downloaded at www.gc21.de/ibt/chat-der-welten/ibt/index.html.