Chile is a country located on the western coast of South America, bordering Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Its capital and largest city is Santiago.
Chile is a former Spanish colony. It declared its independence in 1818. Following a US-backed military coup in 1973, dictator Augusto Pinochet led the country for 16 years. Chile is rich in mineral resources and today is one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America. This page collates all of DW's content on Chile.
This week on the show, we take a look at lithium-ion batteries — how they are both necessary to ending our dependence on fossil fuels and how our increased demand for lithium is affecting communities on either side of the globe. We also hear about how the UK is using a citizens' assembly to find the best solutions to address climate change.
We visit two very different parts of the world where mining is raising big concerns among local communities: In Australia, protesters are calling for an end to the country's heavy reliance on coal mining as the Great Barrier Reef suffers the effects of warming, while in Chile, residents are raising the alarm over the environmental impact of lithium mining.
With demand for electric cars and batteries on the rise, the global demand for lithium is expected to triple in ten years. With some of the largest reserves in the world, Chile is at the forefront of the lithium boom. But mining companies are increasingly coming into conflict with indigenous communities who are worried about the future of their ecosystems and ancestral lands.