Activists, holding a sign that reads ‘Hunger for your land, thirst for your water’, protest for environmental justice in front of the plaza monument that has become an icon of Santiago protests [Sandra Cuffe/Al Jazeera]

Santiago, Chile – A United Nations climate conference was moved to Spain amid continuing unrest in Chile, but that did not stop local environmentalists from moving forward with their alternative 10-day event.

More than 100 environmental organisations launched their parallel conference in Chile’s capital Santiago on Monday, day one of the official COP25 conference in Madrid.

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Residents of drought-impacted communities and other grassroots groups held a protest Monday morning in the plaza that has become the epicentre of demonstrations in Santiago against inequality and injustice over the

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