“If the Chilean government won’t protect the country’s glaciers from mining interests, then we’ll do it by creating our own country with our own protective legislation,” announces the Ambassador of the newly created Glacier Republic.

With 82% of South America’s glaciers located in Chile and no national legislation to protect this important source of fresh water, activists from Greenpeace Chile claimed sovereignty over the country’s glaciers and announced the creation of a separate nation within a nation. After a successful communications campaign, activists, politicians, and representatives of the Glacier Republic are working with the Chilean Congress to draft meaningful laws to protect this vital resource. However, with mining being the backbone of the Chilean economy, change will not be easy.