Eye on the Amazon
  • Voices of the Xingu: Interview with Maini Militão

    Voices of the Xingu: Interview with Maini Militão

    March 28, 2013 – This 17-year-old girl with long hair, exuberant and full of energy, did not try to hide her anger about what happened to her family. She told me that she was now dedicating her time to studies and fighting against the Belo Monte dam.

  • Peruvian Government Declares State of Environmental Emergency in Pastaza Region

    Peruvian Government Declares State of Environmental Emergency in Pastaza Region

    March 27, 2013 – "We are still drinking contaminated water every day... We think that with the declaration of emergency the government will be forced to worry about us and can solve our problem sooner."

  • "Volta Grande do Xingu"

    "Volta Grande do Xingu"

    A poem by Luciano Gouveia de Moraes Silva, age 13

    March 22, 2013 – I just stumbled upon this poem that 13-year-old Luciano read to me by candlelight from his family's modest home on the banks of the mighty Xingu River, deep in the Brazilian Amazon, and I had to share it with you in honor of World Water Day.

  • Bringing the Fight over Bolivia's TIPNIS Road to Washington, DC

    Bringing the Fight over Bolivia's TIPNIS Road to Washington, DC

    Bolivian indigenous leaders denounce human rights violations in Isiboro-Sécure case in Washington

    March 22, 2013 – Bolivian indigenous leaders addressed the IACHR in the culmination of a weeklong trip in what is now the third year of the high-profile campaign to prevent the Bolivian government from building a highway through TIPNIS lands.

  • Water Rising…

    Water Rising…

    March 19, 2013 – While Amazon Watch team is on the ground in Brazil heading out to another occupation in efforts to stop the Belo Monte Dam, heavy rains continue to fall in the Xingu region. The water started rising earlier this week and now Altamira is totally flooded.

  • A Tough Sell Indeed

    A Tough Sell Indeed

    March 19, 2013 – A new report from Analytica Investments warns that the XI Oil Round in Ecuador would threaten "a biodiversity every bit as varied as that of the fabled Yasuní National Park to the North" where one hectare holds more tree species than exist in all of North America.

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