Defiant: Documenting the Violation of the Natural World by Latin American ReportersRupert Medd
- Resilience A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, January 2016, University of Nebraska Press
- DOI: 10.5250/resilience.3.2016.0169
What is it about?
In 1999 the countries that share the Amazon created an online initiative together with their respective ministries of environment, International Conservation, and the International Center for Journalists. It is titled 'Premio reportaje sobre biodiversidad' (PRB, Award-Winning Articles on Biodiversity). Their objective is to support the professionalism of journalists, travelers, and community groups who cover environmental topics. With a general focus on Peru’s Amazon regions, this form of contemporary resistance and testimonial literature by the underrepresented is confronting globalization through a growing environmental consciousness that acknowledges the importance of biodiversity, sustainable practices, and Indigenous rights.
Why is it important?
Women writers in particular make extensive use of this online resource in their attempts to confront environmental lawlessness by exploring alternative sociopolitical relations and lifestyles. Guided by their writing, the main aim here is to show how these PRB writer-activists are making visible the environmental emergencies by documenting the escalating sociopolitical and ecological struggles within the Amazon regions and to expose further the ecological reality of those living in the margins.