Aysen protest groups coalesced under the slogan "Aysen, your problem is my problem." The government in Santiago received their demands on February 25.
"I am alive today," said Francois, now 47. "But part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of this."
An indigenous-led government at odds with an indigenous opposition exemplifies one contradiction surfacing during the fight.
Sealing - a grotesque business that involves killing seals for both their fur and meat - may soon see its last days in Canada.
This development marks Bulgaria as the second country in the European Union to ban fracking, after France.
Two weeks ago, a pipeline leak in coastal Mexico sent oil gushing into Coatzacoalcos River.
Last month, oil magnate Royal Dutch Shell had an industrial accident, which asent one to two million gallons of oil straight into the ocen off the coast of Nigeria.
75 miles off the coast of the Niger delta, up to 40,000 barrels of crude oil were spilled, poisoning the water.
Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth, (in Spanish La Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra) which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans.
Methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, has been found by scientists in deadly, bubbling plumes on the surface of the Arctic Ocean.