Colombia Solidarity Campaign

- Fighting for Peace with Justice -


London Mining Network in association with Colombia Solidarity Campaign, Down to Earth and Piplinks BHP Billiton: Dirty Energy

BHP Billiton: Dirty Energy

Wednesday 19 October 2011, 7pm to 9pm
Room 1, Upper Corridor
Houses of Parliament
BHP Billiton is the world’s largest diversified resources company. It made record profits of $23.6 billion over the past year. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Many British workers’ pension funds, British banks and insurance companies have investments in it - but most British people have never heard of it.

The real cost of subsidies for biofuel and biomass electricity

Public Meeting:

When: Tuesday, 4th October 2011, 6.30-9.30pm

Where: Lumen URC  Hall, 88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS (close to St Pancras Station)


+ Elias Mtinda, Food Rights Coordinator for ActionAid Tanzania:Impacts of biofuels, including jatropha on communities and food sovereignty in Tanzania

+ Emilia Hanna, Biofuelwatch: Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for biomass and biofuels in the UK – Impact on power station developments and of biomass effects on forests, communities and climate

+ Kenneth Richter, Agrofuel Campaigner, Friends of the Earth: What
do ROCs for biofuels mean for communities affected by the expansion of
oil palm and jatropha plantations?

+ UK biomass burning and the growth of industrial tree plantations in the South – Speaker tbc

  – Free public event, no pre-booking required -

Background:The event will coincide with and discuss a forthcoming government consultation about subsidies – Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) – for ‘renewable electricity’, including biofuels and biomass, which have led to many biofuel and biomass power stations being proposed across the UK.   Under government plans, annual subsidies for those could top £3 billion, paid out of all our fuel bill.


CSC Delegation 2011

The Colombia Solidarity Campaign Delegation is now in full swing.

Read their reports here


Civic committee of La Guajira created in the face of large transnational mining.


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The department of La Guajira is the largest coal producer in the country. The mining complex of El Cerrejón is the largest open pit coal mine in Latin America and exports 46% of Colombia's total coal exports. The sales of coal produce an income of approximately USD2,500 million, with an operating profit of 58%, a business return like no other. In spite of generating such financial riches the level of basic needs being met are far from satisfactory, and 62% of the inhabitants of la Guajira live in poverty and underdevelopment.


Urge your mp to sign the EDM concerning aga La Colosa mine

Dear Friend,

Following a meeting involving the Colombia Solidarity Campaign, Alexander Martínez Rivillas (from the University of the Tolima) and Jeremy Corbyn MP, in which we discussed our concerns about the proposed La Colosa gold mine in Cajamarca, Tolima, he agreed to submit an Early Day Motion (EDM) in order to raise this issue in Parliament.

As you may be aware, in order for the EDM to carry any significant weight, it is of paramount importance for it to attract as many signatures as possible from other MPs. We are therefore asking to PLEASE SEND A QUICK EMAIL TO YOUR MP, urging them to sign the EDM entitled "La Colosa Gold mine in Colombia". It will only take a couple of minutes to copy and paste the e-mail below and send it to your MP.


THEY SHALL NOT PASS!!! Picket Against Mining Fever in Colombia

1pm Friday 3 June, outside Colombian Embassy, London
3 Hans Crescent
Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge

With the recent ever-increasing gold prices, and the 'investor friendly' climate in Colombia in recent years fueled by the Colombian government’s 'democratic security' policies, multinationals have been awarded mining rights to extensive areas of the country. Many of these areas cover national parks, and lands inhabited by Indigenous, Afro-Colombian and peasant communities, who will be displaced to make way for the mining companies. Not only are the environmental consequences for what is currently one of the richest countries in the world in terms of biodiversity devastating; vulnerable communities will lose their livelihoods and food security.

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