Climate Change and Environmental Defenders in Latin America

Indigenous Wayuu block the railway line at the Cerrejón coal mine in Colombia. Photo source: Agencia Prensa Rural


For students to learn about environmental problems in Latin America and how they relate to global warming and climate change, as well as about efforts by Latin American people to fight back against environmental destruction.


1. Introductory Activity: Environmental Problems in the World Today
2. Activity 1: Deforestation in the Amazon
3. Activity 2: Blood Diamonds and Dirty Gold
4. Activity 3: Against the Mine!
5. Activity 4: Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy
6. Activity 5: Blood Coal
7. Activity 6: Classroom Debate
8. Activity 7: Medios de Transporte
9. Activity 8: Where the Road Goes