#WikiXHumanRights and Biodiversity in Colombia

The goal of the #WikiXHumanRights and #WikiXBiodiversity campaign is to ensure that everyone has access to neutral, fact-based, and up-to-date information on our Right to a Healthy Environment from a local perspective.

This campaign in Colombia is consolidated from a series of activities that seek, on the one hand, the visibility of situations and issues in Colombia from the climate crisis, and on the other hand, give them a place within Wikimedia projects. We will start the campaign with the EditatonXElMedioAmbiente, the documentation and photographic registration workshop and we will end with an editathon on food sovereignty.

WikiXHumanRights and Biodiversity. Image of the local campaign.

Topics of interest of the local campaign

  • Political and cultural rights, third generation rights, collective and communal rights: collective perspectives on the right to a healthy environment.  
  • Women and femininity as protectors of life and biodiversity.
  • Biodiversity and animism, popular beliefs and home remedies.
  • Ethnic diversity and biodiversity.
  • Multi-sectoral alliances for biodiversity: from community gardens in the cities to eco-friendly peasant-indigenous productive alliances in rural areas.
  • Climate Change and Displacement.

Campaign activities

We have developed three activities and many more are coming. Don’t miss out and sign up!

Here is more information about the past activities:

Editathon for The Environment

On April 22nd we gathered Wikipedian volunteers from various regions of the country with an interest in the environment and biodiversity. It is important to know that Colombia, despite its small area in comparison with other countries, is considered the second country with the greatest wealth of biodiversity (1).

We were able to create and improve articles, mainly on paramo ecosystems (páramo de las Moyas and Sumapaz) and tropical dry forest (Ranchería River), as well as to make visible indigenous and global initiatives to improve the environment and biodiversity, such as urban agriculture. Thanks to the participants, especially for the dialogue of knowledge with the Wayúu culture.

Editathon for the Planet

From April 19th to April 26th, with high school and elementary school teachers attached to the Ministry of Education, we had the opportunity to train editors committed to protecting the environment and native biodiversity. They improved articles, for example on the Arzobispo River (in Bogota) and starting the creation of the article Climate change and displacement. Thanks to the teachers who are committed to a pedagogy in favor of human rights and biodiversity.

Discussion at FILBo

In the framework of the international #WikiforHumanRights Campaign and local #WikiForHumanRights and #WikiForBiodiversity, a conversation for the right to a healthy environment was held on the campaign at the local level, along with the artistic exhibition “Basurolandia”, an activity developed in partnership with HeyCirco and El Espectador, within the International Book Fair of Bogota on April 27, 2022. If you want to know more, we invite you to read the review “Basurolandia” and see the photos of the activity, or if you want to watch these short videos. Special thanks to HeyCirco who show us the importance of connecting with initiatives developed from the same communities through art and respect.

Coming soon…

Are you interested in biodiversity, human rights, natural sciences?

There’s still time to be part of it, join the activities!

Join this May 17 at the Wikimedia Commons workshop with Uniminuto University

Learn about Wikimedia Commons, the platform for free and shared knowledge audio and video resources. Upload photos and give visibility to your projects. Take advantage of the resources for your transmedia projects.

Join the Editathon for Food Sovereignty on June 1st.

When, how and where? Virtual, just contact us, it will be an activity that will run from 4:00-7:00 p. m.

We will meet synchronously in a virtual event. We will have two sensitization sessions and then we will move on to editing. We will be joined by the Minganet organization. You don’t need to know how to edit on Wikipedia, we will have two sessions beforehand to teach you how to edit, so sign up to participate (limited space).

Dialogues on human rights, environmental health and communities affected by environmental problems in Colombia.

Dialogues: Human rights, environmental health and communities affected by environmental problems in Colombia.

When, how and where?

Date: From May 2nd to May 27th.

We are meeting synchronously in virtual events in which we are having the participation of invited experts, who are telling us about the environmental problems in Colombia, the need to talk about the issue and the role of Wikipedia in civil actions.

It is not necessary to have knowledge on the subject, they is room for the general public.

Themes of the sessions

  • Editing in Wikimedia projects with environmental focus
  • Political and cultural rights, third generation rights, collective and communal rights.
  • Women and femininity as protectors of life and biodiversity.
  • Biodiversity and animism, popular beliefs and home remedies.
  • Multi-sectoral alliances, community gardens in the cities or eco-friendly peasant-indigenous productive alliances in rural areas.

If you are part of an organization or collective and want to develop an activity within the framework of the alliance with us, please write to contacto@wikimediacolombia.org Let’s continue environmentalizing Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects from Colombia! Don’t miss out on our campaign, we have prizes and surprises for those who participate.

(1) https://minciencias.gov.co/sala_de_prensa/colombia-el-segundo-pais-mas-biodiverso-del-mundo#:~:text=El%20pa%C3%ADs%20ocupa%20el%20segundo,la%20diversidad%20de%20sus%20ecosistemas.