Report reveals rising number of environment and land rights activists being killed worldwideApril 22, 2014The Guardian
What now happens twice a week to "ordinary people" around the world trying to protect the environment and rights to land? They get killed.
"We are tired of the explosions on the pipeline that have ruined our ancestral lands, polluted our water and put our people in danger. We want it relocated," said Heber Tegria Uncaria, vice president and spokesman for the U'wa Association.
After organizers of a Chevron-sponsored economic development summit learned of a paying attendee’s association with an environmental watchdog, he was forcibly ejected from the event.April 18, 2014MintPress News
"My plan was to be there, listen to what they have to say, interact with the people at the conference," said Paz y Miño. "Supposedly, these are businesses in Oakland that are concerned with green and sustainable energy. I thought they would be interested in the information."
GPS-referenced trees that do not exist is "one of the most commonly cited problems"April 17, 2014The Guardian
Almost 70% of all the logging concessions inspected by Peru's authorities have been suspected of "major violations", states the report, and almost 50% have been cancelled "due to confirmed major violations." This means that out of the total 609 concessions in the entire Peruvian Amazon – 36% of which have not been inspected – almost 45% are either under investigation or have been cancelled.
Environmental Activist Forcibly Removed from Chevron-Sponsored Event in Oakland for Mocking the Company's "News" WebsiteApril 16, 2014East Bay Express
"Chevron has been out to crush free speech in relation to its policies for years and now apparently opposing views are not even allowed in the room," Paz y Miño said. "It's outrageous. They want to crush any kind of open discussion or debate about their actions here or anywhere in the world."
"Operating in this area demonstrates an utter disregard for some of the most vulnerable people on the planet, who may feel forced to defend their territory", said Stephen Corry, director of Survival International. "If the companies have any sense, they will leave the area to its rightful owners before lives, and reputations, are ruined."
Experts Say Move Could Set Precedent for Future Disputes Between Environmentalists, Government and IndustryApril 14, 2014Wall Street Journal
A coalition opposed to a new oil development in a national park in Ecuador's Amazon rain forest say they have collected enough signatures to force a referendum on the activity, which experts say could set a precedent for future disputes between environmentalists, the government and industry.
Documentary starring ex-footballer is an excellent opportunity to portray the reality of life in the rainforestApril 11, 2014The Guardian
Beckham's expedition was, or is, "top-secret." However, photos of him meeting a Yanomami leader, Davi Yanomami make it clear he paid a visit to their territory in northern Brazil and suggest some Yanomami will feature in the film.
"With these signatures we are certain that the popular consultation vote will go ahead," said Carla Espin of Yasunidos.April 11, 2014BBC News
Environmentalists in Ecuador say they have collected enough signatures to have a referendum on whether the Yasuni National Park in the Amazon should be opened to further oil exploration. They said 727,947 people had signed their petition to have a vote - more than required by Ecuadorian law.
Washington, DC – Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.