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Laura Beltrán Villamizar

Copywriter & Multimedia Journalist

Amsterdam

Laura Beltrán Villamizar

I love slow food, slow travel and slow journalism
Photographer and writer romanticising cities and coffee out of proportion.

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The Canary Project

The Canary Projects is a research hub for artists with the goal of deepening pubic understanding of climate change. For this interview, I worked closely with the two minds behind this project, Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris. We discussed how contemporary art can be used to raise awareness about pressing environmental issues - a never-ending challenge.
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The Energy Circle: Recess, Electricity, Education

The ‘whirls’ created by Empower Playgrounds are fun for children and they provide actual energy that increases education, school attendance and social development in Africa. In a world where technologies are advancing rapidly, one could hardly imagine what life would be without electricity. This burden evidently has severe repercussions for general social progress in more rural areas across developing nations.
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Soweto: Living with Mine Waste

In South Africa, mining has been a blessing and a curse, particularly for those who were drawn to work on gold mines since the late 1880’s and the uranium mines since the late 1940’s. Once the industry was established, gold and uranium fields were settled in Soweto (South Western Townships). Beyond basic health issues related to mine waste management, dealing with dust storms from the mines, tailings and dumps can cause long-term health issues, such as asthma, skin and lung problems. This series is about combating contaminated dust, exposure to radiation and the destruction of eco-systems in areas surrounding uranium mines and their respective dumping areas.
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Oaxaca’s greener than green

Green tourism is gaining ground in Mexico. The National Agreement for Tourism focuses on sustainable tourism and encourages environmental protection projects. In 2011, more than 7.4 million visitors travelled to 174 protected natural areas, exceeding the expected total of 6 million, according to the Mexican english newspaper, The News. In the Sierra Norte mountain range – separating the Central Valleys of northern Oaxaca in Mexico – a community of eight remote villages called the Pueblos Mancomunados are working together to develop sustainable farming and tourist guides. These Pueblos hold the history, culture and customs of the ancient Zapotec tribes and are home of Mexico’s most beautiful well-forested highlands and most astonishing nature. The Pueblos have developed a project of eco-tourism, officially organized by Expediciones Sierra Norte where tourists are given the chance to discover, cooperate with the locals and travel along trails and paths that connect the villages. The eco-touristic project of this community provides not only a glimpse into these villages and their people, but a reminder of how we belong to nature and not the other way around.
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Dutch aspire to lead global green building

The Dutch are using sustainable building as a trademark to tackle the economic crisis, writes Laura Beltrán Villamizar. The Dutch are known for being innovative, entrepreneurial and creative when doing business, all of which appeared at the Dutch Green Building Week (September 17-21) – a week dedicated to sustainable building, housing and green development.
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About

Laura Beltrán Villamizar

Bogotá born, bred in The Hague, Buenos Aires, Brussels and Berlin, now conquering Amsterdam.

I have been trained to evolve into multimedia journalism. I'm a visual journalist who knows how to tell stories with narrative punch and nuance. Excellent narrative needs outstanding word, image and sound: three things I am passionate about.

I’m a constant explorer of the transformation of the media landscape. Which is why use the tools of my generation and the next one to engage people in all levels: the adaptability of online journalism, the amazing progress in design and innovation as well as the engaging role of social networking.

I allow for serendipity, always.

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http://inthecityloop.wordpress.com/

Skills

  • photography
  • languages
  • coffee making
  • killer team spirit
  • copywriting
  • social media
  • CMS
  • CSR