Eye on the Amazon
  • Expelled from Ecuador: One Solar Visionary's Story

    Expelled from Ecuador: One Solar Visionary's Story

    July 29, 2014 – On July 17, Oliver Utne, a U.S. citizen residing in Ecuador with a valid visa, was abruptly questioned, detained, and forced to leave the country after being targeted by Ecuadorian immigration officials. Utne had been living in the country for several years and coordinating an innovative solar canoe project with the Achuar indigenous people.

  • Supporting Community-Led Environmental Monitoring in the Wake of an Oil Spill

    Supporting Community-Led Environmental Monitoring in the Wake of an Oil Spill

    July 17, 2014 – A Petroamazonas pipeline ruptured, spewing thousands of barrels of crude oil into the Aguarico River. When would the company stop the spill? How poisoned is our water? When will it be safe to bathe, wash clothes, and fish in our river? Will the company clean up the spill? These were the questions on the minds of many of the Cofán, Siona and Secoya people who live downriver from the ruptured pipeline. But there was silence.

  • A Lifetime of Injustice: The History of the Belo Monte Dam

    A Lifetime of Injustice: The History of the Belo Monte Dam

    July 15, 2014 – The Xingu River Alive Forever Movement, which represents communities affected by the Belo Monte Dam, with support from International Rivers and Amazon Watch, has compiled the most comprehensive history of the destructive dam from its inception to today, in a new, interactive web timeline.

  • Brazil Loses World Cup, Will It Rise as Clean Energy Champion?

    Brazil Loses World Cup, Will It Rise as Clean Energy Champion?

    Get the ball rolling on clean energy in Brazil

    July 10, 2014 – Despite Brazil's devastating loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-final, Brazil still has a chance to be a world champion in clean and renewable energy rather than continuing to rely on destructive and outdated hydroelectric dams like Belo Monte.

  • Judge Revokes Mining License in Brazilian Amazon

    Judge Revokes Mining License in Brazilian Amazon

    July 1, 2014 – Citing Belo Sun's failure to assess the impacts of its planned mega-mine on nearby indigenous communities, a federal judge rescinded the company's licenses, putting the brakes on yet another Amazon extractive industry tragedy.

  • This World Cup Victory Goes to…

    This World Cup Victory Goes to…

    The very real "game" to keep the ball rolling for justice on the Xingú

    June 25, 2014 – ...Brazil! Many predict Brazil will win the 2014 World Cup. But when it comes to social justice, Brazil is no winner. I say this from the perspective of a Brazilian human rights campaigner who has struggled on these "fields" with my fellow players for a long time.

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