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Exploring Climate Change and Organized Crime

Exploring Climate Change and Organized Crime


In July, InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley moderated a panel for the Climate Reality Project's regional series of workshops for young climate activists in the Americas.

The week-long event was attended by over 3,000 people. Speakers included former US Vice President Al Gore, who is the founder of the Climate Reality Project. Dudley’s panel featured Bernarda Pesoa, a community leader for the Women’s Indigenous and Farmers Organization (Organización de Mujeres Campesinas e Indígenas - CONAMURI), and Gabriel Muyuy Jacanamejoy, the technical secretary for Fund of the Development of Indigenous People in Latin America and the Caribbean (Fondo para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas de América Latina y El Caribe - FILAC).

The three discussed the individual and institutional struggles to put climate change on the agenda in Paraguay and Colombia, where the two activists are based and where their work is concentrated. In the last four years, InSightCrime has done numerous projects related to organized crime and climate change, the latest of which is a series of reports on how criminal activities are contributing to the destruction of the Amazon basin.

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