Activate: How to Stop A Multinational
“Historically, this region’s never had enough water, so when a mining company comes to use 1,000 litres of water per second, we risk becoming a ghost town, disappearing, because it doesn’t make sense to stay in a town without water, and I don’t want to leave.I was born here, I love this land, and I will defend it.” – Gabriela Romano, activist
Gabriela Romano, Jenny Lujan and Marcela Crabbe are three activists who have found unique ways of protesting against a multinational mining company which is about to destroy people’s homes.
This film ” Activate: How to Stop A Multinational” is made from within the anti-mining activist movement and follows three teachers that have defeated a Canadian mining company and are now mounting a campaign against a Chinese one.
Watch this video about this film whose director is Rodergo Vazquez, to know more about their methods of protecting communities from exploitative mining companies:
These Argentinian activists protest through putting people on the streets to physically stop the heavy machinery from entering the town, training villagers and filming every protest.
“Nobody wants any of that to happen where they live, but multinationals put their profits before people’s rights. The only way to affect their decisions is to resist. After 10 years of campaigning against these corporations, I can tell you that what works in order to stop them is to increase the social and financial cost of their exploitations, until they cease to be financially sound.
Only then will a corporation leave. The plea for safe drinking water will not change their minds, but the loss of money will. This is why multinationals must be stopped before they destroy the environment and our lives. And in order to stop them, we need you, now, more than ever, because we are running out of time.”
- Says director Rodrego Vazquez, about the efforts made by these courageous activists to stand up for what’s right.