So much violence, destruction and anger pervades our news media these days that the world often seems a hopeless place. Indeed, much of the shift away from the mainstream media can be attributed to this disheartening focus on the negative. We honor those journalists who are shedding light on wrongdoing and holding the powerful to account; this is essential to a democratic society. But another role of the media should be to show other visions and other versions of society, and to give voice to those who are materializing those visions into reality.
The Esperanza Project was founded in 2009 for that reason. Esperanza is the Spanish word for hope, and the focus of this blog is often south of the border, because those of the Global South have so much to teach us in the north: lessons of resourcefulness, of resilience and of faith. Lessons about how to live with little and give a lot.
At the grassroots, in Latin America as elsewhere, people with great vision, heart and skill are forging ahead, quietly remaking society from the ground up, inspiring hope, faith, resilience – the ingredients most needed for the turbulent times ahead.
The Esperanza Project offers a special blend of hope-based journalism – one that gives voice to those heroes and heroines who are quietly changing the world from the ground up. Many, but not all, come from countries that we in the North don’t often pay attention to, from people who offer a fresh and innovative perspective.
We will be highlighting the work of permaculturists, Transition Towns organizers, the Vision Council and Earth Guardians of all kinds.
Our coverage includes a special emphasis on indigenous struggles, because there is currently a crisis among the First Nations of the world who are fighting for their very existence while protecting their lands and heritage from invasive extractive industries, like petroleum extraction, fracking, mining, mega-dams and industrial agriculture.
Our sustainable, cultural and community-based travel writing has appeared in outlets like the Washington Post, BBC Travel, USA Today and Westways Magazine, while our reporting on environmental and indigenous rights issues has been published by Thomson Reuters, The Huffington Post and Intercontinental Cry, among others.
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