Climate warning
Image of Nicolás Maduro

Nicolás Maduro

Climate warning

Environmental and democratic concerns as Venezuela claims Guyana’s territory Esequibo

Venezuela's President, Nicolás Maduro's latest decision to create a state within the disputed Esequibo region and grant oil and mining licenses in the area controlled by Guyana raises critical concerns about the environmental impact and reminds us of the role of democracy in safeguarding natural resources.
Image of post in post detailed view

Maduro's proposal to establish the 'Guayana Esequiba' as a Venezuelan state and grant immediate licenses for oil, gas, and mining operations in this contested area, currently under Guyana's control, accentuates the potential environmental repercussions of political decisions.
Venezuela has claimed its citizens voted in favour of a referendum that aims to give Venezuela authority over the Esequibo region in Guyana. Nicolás Maduro had hoped to leverage his country’s century-long claim to the disputed Esequibo region to mobilise public support but voting stations across the country were largely quiet on Sunday as most voters shunned the issue.
The turnout appeared so underwhelming that the Venezuelan government has been widely accused by analysts of falsifying the results. But it didn't stop him from claiming the region through a decree.

The Esequibo, a region engulfed in a century-long territorial dispute, holds significant ecological value. It is a biodiversity hotspot and home to vital ecosystems that could face exploitation due to this decree. Mongabay had already reported on how mining operations, especially for gold, in this ecologically diverse area, have raised concerns about environmental degradation and exacerbated the longstanding territorial dispute. Guyana has sought international arbitration through the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to settle the dispute, highlighting the adherence to legal processes to resolve the longstanding issue.
Image of post in post detailed view

The link between geopolitical interests and environmental concerns is starkly evident in this move. Democratic principles, including transparency and citizen participation, are crucial in such decisions. Unfortunately, the measures proposed by Maduro bypass the democratic process and may lead to environmental exploitation without adequate consideration for sustainability or broader environmental impact.
Beyond the territorial dispute, the rush for resource extraction shows the imperative for responsible governance and international cooperation in protecting fragile ecosystems.








Do you agree?

33 more agrees trigger contact with the recipient

  • Gorffly mokua

    19 w

    This is very disappointing!!⚠⚠

    4
    • George Kariuki

      19 w

      The international community must hold Venezuela accountable for its actions and ensure that the rights of the Guyanese people and the environment are protected.

      5
      • Gorffly mokua

        19 w

        @george_kariuki Yes! Let them be accountable for their own actions!

        2
      • johnte ndeto

        19 w

        Territorial disputes majorly are as a result of human glatony and when it leads to it really jeopardises the effort to saving the planet

        4
        • walter lungayi

          19 w

          This ongoing territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana highlights the importance of addressing environmental and democratic concerns in resolving international conflicts.

          3
          • Princess

            19 w

            This whole Venezuela-Guyana territory mess is a real headache. It's not just about land; it's causing environmental and democratic problems. Seriously, not a good situation for anyone.

            3
            • mercy nduta

              19 w

              Quite disappointing!

              8
              • Munene Mugambi

                19 w

                Sovereignty of territories needs to be respected by Venezuela and it's even worse that they're granting oil mining rights in the disputed areas

                9
                Welcome, let's solve the climate crisis together
                Post youtube preview with preloading
                youtube overlay

                Write or agree to climate reviews to make businesses and world leaders act. It’s easy and it works.

                Write a climate review

                Voice your opinion on how businesses and organizations impact the climate.
                0 trees planted

                One tree is planted for every climate review written to an organization that is Open for Climate Dialogue™.

                Download the app

                We plant a tree for every new user.

                AppleAndroid