During our Latin American Week 2018, LASC’s friend Lynda Sullivan interviewed Mexican environmental campaigner Gustavo Castro, Coordinator of Friends of the Earth Mexico and founder of Otros Mundos.

Castro spoke about the consequences of Free Trade Agreements and international investments in Latin America, such as water and energy privatization, and the impacts on indigenous and peasant communities of the rise in mining projects. Resisting these dynamics implies proposing a different approach. An alternative that he and Friends of the Earth propose is creating environmental and sustainable practices around water, energy and food.

Gustavo also spoke about his experience as the sole witness of the murder of Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres, an Indigenous Lenca woman from Honduras who fought for the defense of her territory and people against the exploitation of big corporations.

He denounced the danger of being a human rights and environmental defender in Latin America and how mobilization is no longer seen as a human right but as a crime.

You can watch this informative but also moving interview here:

Earth Matters: Gustavo Castro from Northern Visions NvTv on Vimeo.