Purpose by Doris-Elin Salazar

Ashajiraa is the wayuunaiki verb, conjugated, meaning “hacer escribir”, which means “to make one write”.

In June 2015 I, along with twelve other women from all walks of life in the United States and United Kingdom gathered to travel to La Guajira, an arid region of Colombia sitting on the Venezuelan border. We investigated the consequences of mass-scale modern coal mining by interviewing locals, largely marginalized agricultural communities of indigenous and african ancestry.

Here we will come together to continue our analysis of the situation and inform you on the human toll of our current energy models of extraction and consumer demand. We seek to create better informed citizens and apply an objective eye to provide necessary, under reported, and interesting insights to a corner of the world that goes largely forgotten.


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