Eye on the Amazon
  • Berito's Vision

    Berito's Vision

    How the Goldman Prize Bolstered the U'wa Struggle for Territorial Rights

    February 17, 2017 – If UNESCO designated people as World Heritage sites, Berito Kuwaru'wa would be a leading candidate. On one hand, he personifies the beautiful and poetic U'wa view of the world, deeply connected to the original laws of nature. On the other, he is a unique and visionary human being, with an innate charisma through which he has bridged cultures and inspired global support for the U'wa struggle.

  • Indigenous Rights and Territories Under Attack in Brazil

    Indigenous Rights and Territories Under Attack in Brazil

    February 14, 2017 – Make no mistake about it, indigenous rights and territories are under attack in Brazil. We recently reported on attempts by the administration of President Michel Temer to roll back indigenous rights and environmental protections, moves that fundamentally undermine land demarcation norms while portending dire consequences for the Amazon and its people.

  • Siemens, the Pope and the Law of the Jungle

    Siemens, the Pope and the Law of the Jungle

    February 13, 2017 – At Belo Monte, the writing is on the wall because, all over the Amazon, new dams are planned or being built. A key role in the protection of the forests, rivers and animals will now be played by the indigenous person.

  • Colombia's U'wa Still Teaching Us How To Resist

    Colombia's U'wa Still Teaching Us How To Resist

    January 30, 2017 – The U'wa consider themselves the guardians of their sacred ancestral homeland. In accordance with their natural laws, for centuries they have successfully defended their territory high in the Andean cloud forests.

  • Chevron's Massive Pollution in Ecuador Frames Death of Legendary Nurse Rosa Moreno

    Chevron's Massive Pollution in Ecuador Frames Death of Legendary Nurse Rosa Moreno

    January 5, 2017 – Rosa Moreno, the legendary nurse in Ecuador who spent three decades treating children and others afflicted with cancer in the area of Chevron's oil pollution in the Amazon rainforest, has now herself succumbed to cancer. One might reasonably question whether Chevron's refusal to clean up its pollution in Ecuador played a role in this tragic event.

  • Reflecting and Recommitting to Defending Our Rights and Mother Earth

    Reflecting and Recommitting to Defending Our Rights and Mother Earth

    December 29, 2016 – While the political climate has dramatically changed in 2016, we remain ever-committed to advancing our work in defense of the Amazon, in support of indigenous peoples rights and territories, and in growing the global movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground and build a just transition to renewables.

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