Friday 11 October at the University of Nottingham CAFOD visitors from Colombia are taking part in a free workshop 9.30 – 4.30 followed by a public lecture 7-9pm
The Guardians of Atrato River – Euma Pedroza , Fausto Palacios and CAFOD partner Oscar Salinas are visiting from Chocó, north-western Colombia. The Atrato River in Chocó, one of the regions with the highest biodiversity in the world, is found in one of Colombia’s poorest regions.
This river is a source of life for many Afro-Colombians and indigenous communities living along its banks however as a result of illegal mining activities and the armed conflict, the environment has greatly suffered. It is often dangerous for local communities to protect their environment. In a landmark ruling in 2017, Colombia’s Constitutional Court recognised the Atrato River, including its communities, as having rights to “protection, conservation, maintenance and restoration”.
Euma, Fausto, Oscar will share their experiences of protecting, defending and preserving the Atrato River. To register for the Workshop click here
The following day, Saturday 12 October, they will be joining parishioners at Holy Spirit, West Bridgford who are launching their HandsOn Magdalena Medio parish scheme. Mass it at 6.30 and then into the church hall at 7.30 for Colombian food, music, and hear more about the project and the Guardians work. All welcome!