Eye on the Amazon
  • Resistance and Hope on the Tapajós River

    Resistance and Hope on the Tapajós River

    November 28, 2014 – This week's "Caravan to Resist Dams in the Amazon" marked the largest political action ever staged in opposition to the Brazilian government's authoritarian march to dam the Tapajós River. Assembled on the banks of the majestic river, members the region's indigenous and traditional communities joined religious leaders and activists to stand as one in defense of the Tapajós, its peoples, and all the life that this vital waterway sustains.

  • Peaceful Warriors: The Mundurukú Resist Dams With Strength and Art

    Peaceful Warriors: The Mundurukú Resist Dams With Strength and Art

    November 27, 2014 – Today some 60 Mundurukú people and 10 activists gathered at an island near the proposed São Luiz do Tapajós dam site in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, and performed an act of strength, dedication, and perseverance demonstrating their passion at any cost to save the Tapajós region.

  • Eye on Brazil: Tensions Escalate on the Tapajós River

    Eye on Brazil: Tensions Escalate on the Tapajós River

    November 25, 2014 – The Brazilian government's decision to dam the Amazon's Tapajós River demonstrates a shocking disregard for the rights of the region's indigenous and traditional peoples. Tensions continue to escalate, with the Mundurukú people carrying out an "auto-demarcation" process of their land in defiance of the government's intentional deferral of the official demarcation process. 

  • Climate Change and the Importance of Indigenous Peoples in Seeking Solutions

    Climate Change and the Importance of Indigenous Peoples in Seeking Solutions

    November 19, 2014 – "Today we are living through a key moment in history when we need to take action, and we need to take action now. The drought in São Paulo, for example, is not happening by chance. Even if no one is talking about it, this problem is directly connected to the destruction of the Amazon, where I live, because the standing forest regulates the cycle of rainfall. This is a clear example of how the destruction of the Amazon can affect the lives of you here in the big city."

  • Kicking the Habit: US and China Must Drop Fossil Fuel Addiction

    Kicking the Habit: US and China Must Drop Fossil Fuel Addiction

    November 13, 2014 – On Tuesday night the world's two biggest polluters – the US and China – announced a surprisingly ambitious climate deal. We should take a moment to celebrate this interim victory while realizing that it does not go nearly far enough in addressing climate change. Now it is our collective, global responsibility to ensure that both countries are serious about such a deal.

  • Indigenous Voices on Climate Change

    Indigenous Voices on Climate Change

    Mayalú Txucarramãe brings perspective from the Amazon to climate leaders, Al Gore in Brazil

    November 11, 2014 – "I worry for my children, for all our children and the future generations. Despite our fight to keep the earth in balance, to protect our territory and our tradition, the Amazon is in danger." Mayalú Kokometi Waura Txucarramãe addressed a diverse group of climate leaders, international experts, government officials and media at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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