In a nation filled with environmental conflicts, none is more contentious than the first mine proposed for the farm region of Cocachacra in southern Peru. Protests have stalled the mine since 2009.
Peru is 75 percent Catholic and Pope Francis's approval ratings are 82 percent. You might think his papal encyclical on climate change would be embraced. But both the rich and poor find fault with it.
“Why blame business?” Elena Conterno asks of the Pope’s encyclical, when “the public sector is really lagging,” failing to regulate the environment and the climate, and provide for the poor.
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's environmental minister, hosted COP20 in Lima and will play a leading role at Paris COP21 in December.
Mining executive Roque Benavides makes no apologies for Peru’s extraction industry, noting that it employs tens of thousands and gives much back to the communities in which it works.
Justin Catanoso discusses the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. on WGHP, the Fox affiliate serving Greensboro and Winston-Salem, N.C.
Justin Catanoso talks about his reporting in Peru and the pope's potential impact on the climate debate.
Pope Francis has staked his legacy on defending the poor. But in places like La Orora, Peru, degraded by 77 years of smelting heavy metals, the poor simply want to work, no matter what Francis says.
A Catholic nation wrestles with the economic implications of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment.
Pope Francis' has called for a change in the global economy and how markets work, but not all priests—even in a heavily Catholic country like Peru—are fully on board.
The indigenous tribes emerging from Peru's jungles fear for their lands and livelihoods. Without government protection, they may not be able to survive.
Pope Francis' encyclical on global warming gives Peru's farmers ammunition to take on corporate mining interests.