Eye on the Amazon

Join Us at Bioneers This Weekend!


Are you headed to the 24th Annual Bioneers Conference this weekend? Be sure to catch up with Amazon Watch and our partners! We'll be speaking on the Main Stage, on panels, and we'll have a lively and informative booth outside.

Atossa Soltani – Amazon Watch Founder, Executive Director and 2013 Hillary Award Laureate for Climate Equity – and Leila Salazar-Lopez – our Program Director – will join other women leaders including Anna Lappé, Lynn Twist, Sally Ranney and Osprey Orielle Lake on panels at a conference entitled, Women as Democracy Builders and Mobilizing Women for Climate Solutions.

We are also honored that Franco Viteri, a Kichwa leader from Sarayaku and President of the Governing Body of First Nations of the Ecuadorian Amazon (GONOAE), will be joining us to share a Call from the Amazon and join indigenous allies in discussions in the acclaimed Bioneers Indigenous Forum, which features exciting workshops and discussions on major issues, struggles, and successes in Indian Country and in indigenous communities globally.

Here's where you can find Amazon Watch at BioCon:

Friday-Sunday: Stop by at our booth to learn more about our work and how you can get involved. Our booth (X12) is located outside the main entrance to the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

We still need volunteers throughout the weekend. If you're interested in volunteering for a couple hours, please contact Sydney Morical.

Friday, October 18th:

Hosted by author and activist Anna Lappé. With: Leila Salazar-Lopez, Program Director at Amazon Watch; Kelle Louaillier, Executive Director of Corporate Accountability International; Lynne Twist, Pachamama Alliance co-founder, Soul of Money Institute founder.

Saturday, October 19th:

Approximately 10:00 am at VMA: A CALL FROM THE AMAZON
By Franco Viteri, Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, Ecuador; Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance

1:30 pm: A CALL FROM THE AMAZON (lunchtime presentation and discussion in Indigenous Forum)
Learn more about the vision to defend the Yasuni National Park and indigenous territories threatened by oil development in the Ecuadorian Amazon and beyond. With: Franco Viteri, Kichwa from Sarayaku, Ecuador and President of Governing Body of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuadorian Amazon (GONAE); Atossa Soltani, Amazon Watch Executive Director and Yasuni Ambassador; Leila Salazar-Lopez, Amazon Watch Program Director, and others TBA.

Click here for the full Indigenous Forum schedule.

Sunday, October 20th:

Mobilizing Women for Climate Solutions
, presented by Women's Earth and Climate Caucus and International Women's Earth and Climate Initiative. With: Osprey Orielle Lake, Sally Ranney, Claire Greensfelder, Atossa Soltani of Amazon Watch; and a representative from the Indigenous Environmental Network. Come join key leaders, recently returned from the Women's Earth and Climate Summit, as they show us how we can get involved in the growing global women's movement for sane climate and sustainability policies and in some of the exciting actions and projects outlined in the "Women's Climate and Sustainability Blueprint for Action." Note: Men are welcome to attend.

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you can still register at the event. See you there!

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