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Hope Amidst the Good, Bad, and Ugly at the Climate Summit

Hope Amidst the Good, Bad, and Ugly at the Climate Summit

December 30, 2015

On Dec. 12th, 195 nations signed the Paris Climate Accord, an agreement to limit CO2 emissions for the first time. In the days following, a debate has raged over whether the accord is a historic, unprecedented deal or whether it's the product of a pro-business climate circus that sold out basic science and principles of justice.

Five Reasons To Be Hopeful for the Future of the Amazon

Five Reasons To Be Hopeful for the Future of the Amazon

December 28, 2015

The Amazon rainforest can seem unimaginably vast. Similarly, the fight to defend it from the onslaught of industrial-scale threats like oil drilling, logging, and huge dams can appear overwhelming. But across the region, local indigenous peoples and our work to support them is making the difference and protecting the lands they have known for centuries. In 2015, these five snapshots of success gave us hope that the Amazon has a chance to avoid ecosystem collapse, but only if we support its indigenous guardians.

Solstice Reflections of Our Work at COP21 and Beyond

Solstice Reflections of Our Work at COP21 and Beyond

December 22, 2015

As I reflect on our recent work at COP21 in Paris on the Winter Solstice, I am very proud of what we achieved and filled with great hope for our work ahead. The Amazon Watch team did an incredible job of accompanying and supporting a twelve-person delegation of indigenous leaders, women and youth from the Kichwa community of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon and two Munduruku leaders from the Tapajós River Basin in the Brazilian Amazon to ensure the voices, concerns and solutions from indigenous peoples from the Amazon were heard by global leaders and media, and they were!

Our Generation Is the World's Voice for Climate Action

Our Generation Is the World's Voice for Climate Action

December 17, 2015

I was among the Indigenous People from the Amazon Rainforest who made it to the COP21 climate summit in Paris. I felt it was my duty to be the voice of those who could not attend.

The Human Side of the Climate Change Equation

The Human Side of the Climate Change Equation

December 15, 2015

While government officials inside COP21 conference rooms just outside Paris were reviewing the cost-benefit analyses of cutting down on emissions or debating the numerical semantics of the warming of the earth, the human side of climate change and environmental destruction took center stage just a few kilometers south at the Maison des Metallos on the weekend of December 5-6th.

"Where Our Government Kills, We Cultivate Life"

"Where Our Government Kills, We Cultivate Life"

Munduruku leaders bring their movement to Paris climate summit

December 14, 2015

At the closure of this year's critical COP21 summit in Paris, the most inspirational stories do not stem from official negotiations. They emanate from the heroic efforts of global indigenous movements, bringing a message of resilience and defiance from the front lines of climate change.

What the Paris Climate Agreement Means for Indigenous Rights and Hydroelectric Dams

What the Paris Climate Agreement Means for Indigenous Rights and Hydroelectric Dams

December 14, 2015EcoWatch

The final agreement from the Paris climate talks has been the subject of much controversy regarding the language in the document pertaining to indigenous rights. Any semblance of a legally binding measure pertaining to these rights was omitted from the final agreement that was signed by the governments of 190 countries. The agreement concluded a two-week long process that brought together some of the world's largest corporations, and environmental and human rights organizations, to agree on international energy standards, goals and applications.

Climate Agreement Reached, but Fails to Recognize Indigenous Rights and Climate Justice

Amazon Watch Statement on COP21 Agreement

December 12, 2015

Paris, France – Over the last two weeks, Amazon Watch stood in solidarity with indigenous peoples and front line communities as they forcefully advocated for their rights and promoted true climate solutions at the COP21 climate summit. As the details of the Paris Accord are being revealed, we continue to support their rights, solutions and their denunciations of the agreement as inadequate and a potential death sentence for vulnerable communities everywhere.

The Amazonian Tribespeople Who Sailed Down the Seine

The Amazonian Tribespeople Who Sailed Down the Seine

December 10, 2015The Guardian

The Kichwa tribe in the Sarayaku region of the Amazon in Ecuador believe in the 'living forest', where humans, animals and plants live in harmony. They are fighting oil companies who want to exploit their ancestral land. A delegation of indigenous people are at the Paris COP21 climate conference to make sure their voices are heard.

Ecuador Condemned at the New Tribunal for the Rights of Nature in Paris

Ecuador Condemned at the New Tribunal for the Rights of Nature in Paris

Among the cases heard by this tribunal, several dealt with oil exploitation in Ecuador – a country that, ironically, was the first to include the rights of nature into its 2008 constitution. One of these cases focused on Yasuní National Park.

December 10, 2015Mongabay

Last weekend, while the official COP21 negotiations were going on north of Paris at a site called Le Bourget, leaders of indigenous nations in North and South America were in Paris calling for justice for what they say are ongoing violations of the rights of the earth itself.

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