Lia Valero

Photographer & Journalist
   
Guardianas – Magdalena: Women Who Stand Against Fracking
Nationality: Colombia
Biography: Lia Valero is a Colombian  journalist and visual storyteller with 9+ years of experience in media industries and storytelling. Her work has been published at Deutsche Welle (DW), Mutante, De Correspondent, VICE, El Espectador, among others.... MORE
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Guardianas – Magdalena: Women Who Stand Against Fracking
Copyright Lia Valero 2024
Updated Oct 2022
Topics Climate Change, Documentary, Environment, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism

Colombia in one of the dangerous country in the world to be a land and environmental defender.
 
In Puerto Wilches, Santander, a region of northeastern of the country, the future of water and biodiversity is debated between allowing or not the research for exploration of hydrocarbons with fracking techniques. Although these lands have suffered the consequences of large-scale exploitation of hydrocarbons and the monoculture of palm oil for more than seven decades, for the first time different state agencies and oil companies seek to use a technique that has been controversial worldwide due to its environmental impact: fracking.

In the midst of this national debate and the local dispute over water, where part of the community opposes these extractive projects, several women leaders are putting their lives at risk to defend this territory.

This story has been published in Spanish at MUTANTE.ORG and VICE NEWS. And translated to english for GRID-Arendal



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