Eye on the Amazon
  • Indigenous Alliance Demands Brazil Halt Amazon Dams

    Indigenous Alliance Demands Brazil Halt Amazon Dams

    May 15, 2015 – An indigenous assembly held in April on the banks of Brazil's Teles Pires River, an Amazonian waterway currently being strangled by a cascade of hydroelectric dams, produced the following manifesto of resistance from the Kayabi, Apiaká, Munduruku and Rikbaktsa peoples.

  • How to Stop Deforestation in the Amazon? Empower Indigenous Peoples

    How to Stop Deforestation in the Amazon? Empower Indigenous Peoples

    May 5, 2015 – Recently, questions have arisen about how Amazon Watch works to stop deforestation, and we'd like to take a moment to clarify our strategic approach to this vast problem and acknowledge that our programmatic strategy indeed addresses the heart of this issue.

  • The Munduruku People: A Living History of Resistance

    The Munduruku People: A Living History of Resistance

    April 30, 2015 – "If you want to take care of the forest, you need to invest in us – indigenous peoples – because no one takes better care of the forest than we do. If it weren't for us, the cattle and the soy would have taken this whole forest. I know we are only of the size of a grain of sand but we make a huge difference. The air you breathe comes from [the Amazon]. The water you drink comes from here. And so, by killing us, you are killing nature and therefore yourselves."

  • Donny Rico Schools Chevron on How To "Be the Victim" in Ecuador

    Donny Rico Schools Chevron on How To "Be the Victim" in Ecuador

    April 29, 2015 – Chevron's retaliatory RICO case against the Ecuadorians and their lawyers would not have come about were it not for the generous suggestion of U.S. Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan. Chevron spent millions upon millions filing cases against the Ecuadorians everywhere other than Ecuador once the company saw the verdict was about to come down, but when they met Kaplan, they hit pay dirt.

  • Working Together to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground!

    Working Together to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground!

    April 24, 2015 – This week Amazon Watch was proud to host a pioneering Climate Equity Strategy Session in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Hillary Institute, where representatives from indigenous and frontline communities, international NGOs, and climate and energy experts discussed the challenges and opportunities of keeping fossil fuels in the ground in the Americas.

  • The Chevron Tapes: 30 Years and Still Waiting for Justice

    The Chevron Tapes: 30 Years and Still Waiting for Justice

    April 17, 2015 – This week we're highlighting a rainforest resident's story of how he lost three daughters due to the toxic contamination of his home and an interview with a former oil worker who recalls the helplessness he felt at being ordered by Chevron to dump toxic waste directly into the rainforest, day after day:

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