Amazon Watch's 2013 Annual Luncheon

Amazon Watch invites you to take a stand for the Amazon.

Amazon Watch invites you to take a stand for the Amazon.

Couldn't attend in person? Watch the event online here!


Our special guest this year was Mayalu Txucarramãe, an indigenous woman leader of Brazil's Mebêngôkre and Waura ethnicities working to defend her people in the the Xingu River Basin from destructive mega-dams including the Belo Monte Dam.

We also raised a toast to our executive director and founder, Atossa Soltani, for being named the 2013 Hillary Institute Laureate, for her leadership on climate equity and the work of Amazon Watch.

And we learned of our efforts in Peru, Ecuador, Brazil & Colombia to continue protecting the Amazon and supporting the rights of indigenous peoples.

You should also check out our charity auction and bid on amazing items including indigenous jewelry. 100% of funds raised support Amazon Watch and our Indigenous partners!

Photos from the luncheon can be viewed here.

Host Committee

Evelyn Arce
Andrew Beath*
Andrew Behar
Cyndie Berg
Michelle Chan*
Peter Coyote
Malia Everette
Susan Hollingshead
Marika Holmgren
Krystal Kavney
Anna Lappé
Lily LaTorre*
Jeff Leifer*
Annie Leonard
Ana Maria Mahiri*
Jeff Mendelsohn*
Daniela Meltzer*
Jonas Minton*
Amanda Moran
Marsela Pecanac
Sherri Pittman
Ahmed Rahim*
Beth Strachan
Bill & Lynn Twist
Janet Wallace
Richard Wegman*
Sherry Young

*Amazon Watch board member

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