Macarena Soler: the environment in Chile’s new constitution

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Macarena Soler speaking at Tompkins Conservation in Puerto Varas. Photo: Amigos de los Parques de ChileMacarena Soler speaking at Tompkins Conservation in Puerto Varas. Photo: Amigos de los Parques de Chile 

 
By Caterinna del Rio Giovannini

After four weeks of widespread protests in Chile over income inequity, political exclusion and the high cost of health and education, on November 15 Chilean politicians representing almost all of the country’s political parties signed an agreement aimed at slowing the social unrest by holding a referendum in April 2020 on a new constitution. To replace the current version fashioned in 1980 by the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, Chileans will answer two questions: Do you want a new constitution? And what kind of body should be set up to write the new constitution?

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International tribunal demands Chile change its "ecocide attitude" with Patagonia

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The 5th International Rights of Nature Tribunal. Photo: Natalia GreeneThe 5th International Rights of Nature Tribunal. Photo: Natalia Greene
 
 
By Patricio Segura
Translation by Rebecca Neal
 
Earlier this month, the 5th International Rights of Nature Tribunal issued rulings declaring that in Patagonia “mining and salmon farming are carried out contrary to the rights of Mother Earth” and “that the rights of nature have been infringed.” 
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The Puelo River moves a big step closer to being declared a water reserve by Chile

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Rio Puelo watershed. Photo: Jimmy Langman/Patagon JournalRio Puelo watershed. Photo: Jimmy Langman/Patagon Journal
 
 
By Caterinna del Rio Giovannini
 
The Puerto Varas-based conservation group Puelo Patagonia has achieved a major breakthrough in their efforts to convince the government to declare the Puelo River watershed an official “water reserve.” Located in the province of Cochamó, the celebrated river moved a big step closer to long-term protection thanks to the Chilean hydroelectric company Hidroner SpA, which this week committed to returning the equivalent of almost 50 percent of water rights on the river (717.4 m3/s) to the Chilean government.
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Patagonman 2019: Two British athletes win triathlon in Aysen

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By Caterinna del Rio Giovannini
 
The second edition of Patagonman – dubbed by its organizers “the most extreme triathlon in the world” – was held on Sunday, December 1. The event included 300 athletes who were launched from a ferry into the cold waters of the Aysén Fjord, first swimming 3,800 meters (2.36 miles); then pedaling 180 kms (111.8 miles) of the Carretera Austral, or Southern Highway, from Puerto Chacabuco to Villa Cerro Castillo; and finally running 42.2 kms (26.2 miles) along the Ibáñez River, passing waterfalls and forests until reaching Lake General Carrera.
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