Speak Out: From Singur to Sompeta: People’s resistance against land grabbing gaining power in India

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In early 2006, Singur in West Bengal became the epitome of peasants’ struggle against neo-liberal expansion in land and livelihoods in India. Meanwhile, in 2010 the struggle in Sompeta exposed politics of ‘power’ in the name of energy production in Andhra Pradesh. Villagers and fishers there resisted the development of a government-backed private thermal power plant, which caused State-wide protest and raised the question of development effectiveness as a whole. Following these events, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) supported local movements and organised international fact-finding missions (IFFM) in both Singur and Sompeta in order to highlight actual scenarios of the cases world-wide. As an impact of the IFFM, local movements received world-wide support from various groups and pressure was built up on the government to revise their plans, as per peoples’ demands. In both cases the movements were strong and sustained. They carried out demonstrations and other activities in support of their demands for several years. In the end, the proposed development projects in Singur and Sompeta were abandoned. However, no official statement has been issued to date, of complete seizure of the projects, and redistribution of land among the affected persons, have not taken place. Today in Singur (and to some extent in Sompeta) people have very little hope of having their livelihoods restituted, as the media spotlight has shifted from these cases to other ‘breaking’ news, while politicians have also lost interest as the elections in both places were over a few years back. However, the people’s resistance groups are still alive, active and vigilant in both places.

Date Published:
July 5, 2013

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Tañon Saga: A Guidebook for Environmental Activism and Empowerment

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This book chronicles the story of how Cebuano environmentalists united to protect the Tanon Strait seascape from destructive oil exploration activities. Using scientific data and interviews with the stakeholders, it proves that protection of the environment is not just an issue for the directly-affected but is an issue for all of us. Read how a group of fisherfolk, NGO workers, lawyers, students, professionals, and scientists came together to conduct one of the most successful environment protection campaigns in Central Visayas and in the Philippine

Date Published:
May 16, 2013

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Climate Change and Gender Justice: A Participatory Research Study on the Impact of Climate Change on Women in Three Selected Rural Communities in the Philippines

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This study was conducted by the AMIHAN, National Federation of Peasant Women, a mass organization of peasant women and other rural women to respond to the need to organize rural women and develop their strength for collective action in addressing issues on marginalization and discrimination, poverty and landlessness. It was conducted in Barangays San Rafael, Mascap and Puray in the municipality of Rodriguez, province of Rizal.

Date Published:
February 28, 2013

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