Xinia Briceño became involved in the Rural Aqueduct Association of Milano when she realized that the water source for her community was being contaminated by agrochemicals used in the nearby pineapple plantations. Since 2009, she has led her community to hold the pineapple companies and the Costa Rican government responsible for cleaning up and protecting the springs that provide water for Milano. In 2015, the community took their case to the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights in Washington, DC. Xinia is the vice president of the National Union of Communal Aqueducts and on the board of the National Front of Sectors Affected by Pineapple Production (FRENASAPP). Despite its image as an environmentally progressive nation, Costa Rica is now the world’s leading exporter of pineapples. The ongoing expansion of this monoculture exposes more and more communities to contaminants in water and land.
I am excited about the opportunity to accompany Xinia in her speaking tour as an international peacemaker. Xinia and I are available for visits from Friday, September 13th, and Monday, October 7th. If you are interested in having us come to your church, educational institution or community to share information about the struggles for environment justice in Costa Rica and our call as Christians to care for God’s creation, please follow the link below for more information. Though invitations to International Peacemakers are usually extended by presbyteries, invitations can come from churches or other organizations. Questions? Please write to me.
Click here for info on how to apply for an International Peacemaker to visit.