Eye on the Amazon
  • The People of the Waterfalls Threatened By Mining

    The People of the Waterfalls Threatened By Mining

    May 5, 2017 – The Shuar are facing a great threat given the fact that the Ecuadorian government has sold concessions to part of their territory for an open-pit copper mining project run by the company Explocobres, a subsidiary of the Chinese companies CRCC and Tongling.

  • Historic Indigenous Mobilization Confronts Spiraling Threats To Rights and Resources in Brazil

    Historic Indigenous Mobilization Confronts Spiraling Threats To Rights and Resources in Brazil

    May 3, 2017 – "We affirm that we will not permit violence, rollbacks, and threats perpetrated by the Brazilian government and economic oligarchies against our lives and our rights. We call on Brazilian society and the international community to unite with the struggle of native peoples in defense of traditional territories, Mother Earth, and the well-being of all forms of life."

  • Mobilizing for Indigenous Rights and Climate Justice from the Arctic to the Amazon

    Mobilizing for Indigenous Rights and Climate Justice from the Arctic to the Amazon

    May 2, 2017 – "Our participation in the Peoples Climate March was very important because we were able to bring the voice of our Amazon all the way here, showing the world that we are resisting her plunder."

  • Solar Power Lights Up Amazon Communities Fighting Dirty Energy

    Solar Power Lights Up Amazon Communities Fighting Dirty Energy

    April 18, 2017 – "The government can't call us hypocrites for opposing oil extraction yet using dirty diesel generators. We've made the first big step towards being fossil fuel-free – the government should learn from us."

  • Trouble for Oil in the Peruvian Amazon?

    Trouble for Oil in the Peruvian Amazon?

    April 11, 2017 – Reports of oil companies leaving the Peruvian Amazon made weekly headlines in March, providing encouragement to those of us who love the Amazon and know that humanity must move away from fossil fuels. In addition to the announcement by two oil companies that they will abandon drilling projects in important oil blocks, a Peruvian court annulled a controversial oil contract within indigenous territories for lack of proper consultation.

  • Toxic Mega-Mine Looms Over Belo Monte's Affected Communities

    Toxic Mega-Mine Looms Over Belo Monte's Affected Communities

    April 4, 2017 – On the banks of Brazil's lower Xingu River, a toxic controversy looms large, threatening to heap insult upon the grievous injuries of the nearby Belo Monte hydroelectric dam. Belo Sun would become Brazil's largest open-pit gold mine, straddling the territories of three indigenous peoples and other traditional communities that are already reeling from the many social and environmental impacts of Belo Monte.

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