One of Futaleufú’s longtime residents delivers river gear via ox-cart in the Futaleufu watershed, Chilean Patagonia.
Commitment to Environmental Justice
Since its founding, the international Waterkeeper Alliance has actively supported environmental justice issues to ensure “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”
As a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, the Futaleufú Riverkeeper is committed to implementing environmental justice concerns into our work. Residents in the Futaleufú valley must have a way of protecting their rights. These rights include the basic human right to a clean environment, a right to oppose harmful projects that will destroy their environment and drastically alter their way of life, and the right to equal representation in the environmental permitting process.
We seek to make sure every community member and stakeholder in the watershed has a participatory voice in protecting and conserving their environment. This means challenging discriminatory regulatory practices that place disproportionate health and environmental impacts on marginalized communities. It also means stopping projects that do not have the informed consent of the community and that will cause irreparable damage to human health. Our goal as environmental steward is to build upon longstanding environmental justice principles and incorporate them in our work to save the Futaleufú.