Eye on the Amazon

Journeying to the Black Heart of Oil Destruction

Within the last six months, five oil spills from a single pipeline have contaminated indigenous Kukama communities of the Northern Peruvian Amazon. This is a story about the true cost of oil.
  • Victory! Gas Project in U'wa Territory Dismantled

    Victory! Gas Project in U'wa Territory Dismantled

    February 26, 2015 – "The U'wa people would like to inform national and international public opinion that the Magallanes gas exploration block has been completely dismantled. Ecopetrol has removed all the machinery that had been found there in a demonstration of respect for our rights as an indigenous people."

  • Journeying to the Black Heart of Oil Destruction

    Journeying to the Black Heart of Oil Destruction

    Within the last six months, five oil spills from a single pipeline have contaminated indigenous Kukama communities of the Northern Peruvian Amazon. This is a story about the true cost of oil.

    February 25, 2015 – For thousands of years the rainforest provided indigenous peoples with all they needed for subsistence and income. It gave them everything – fresh food, water, life. Now, after decades of drilling, many of these territories are ravaged by oil contamination. More and more, people who lived in sustainable balance with the forest are being forced into a life of poverty, another unintended consequence of the oil boom.

  • Carnival for Some, Struggle for Others

    Carnival for Some, Struggle for Others

    February 18, 2015 – It's carnival time in Brazil, but for people of the Xingu there is no time to celebrate. Three years after construction initiated on Belo Monte dam, the consortium used the distraction of carnival to request an Operating License.

  • <em>Why</em> Big Oil, <em>Why Not</em> What We Love?

    Why Big Oil, Why Not What We Love?

    February 12, 2015 – Tomorrow in the US and as part of Global Divestment Day thousands of activists around the world will be calling on governments, universities, places of worship, and in some cases, their own families, to pull their investments from the fossil fuel companies that are threatening the future of life on Earth.

  • Marching for Real Climate Leadership in Our Oakland Backyard

    Marching for Real Climate Leadership in Our Oakland Backyard

    February 11, 2015 – Amazon Watch, allies, friends and wee ones joined some 8,000 mostly Californians in downtown Oakland over the weekend to call for an end to the state’s use of fracking and to demand stronger leadership on combating climate change within a climate justice framework.

  • Oil in the Peruvian Amazon: A 2015 Panorama

    Oil in the Peruvian Amazon: A 2015 Panorama

    February 6, 2015 – Once again, the most prolific oil complex in Peru's Amazon region has exploded with local indigenous protests, grinding oil production to a halt. Both Achuar & Kichwa indigenous communities have risen up, stopping roughly 3,100 barrels/day of oil production.

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