Eye on the Amazon
  • SF Commonwealth Club and Chevron CEO Shamed into Silence

    SF Commonwealth Club and Chevron CEO Shamed into Silence

    April 3, 2015 – I walk a small path, surrounded by an infinite number of trees, plants and the scent of flowers. My lungs fill with pure, fresh air when I take a deep breath. My bare feet touch the ground, damp from yesterday's rain. This is my home. This is where I grew up. This is what I want to share with my children one day.

  • Rising for the Amazon: A Message from Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director

    Rising for the Amazon: A Message from Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director

    April 2, 2015 – Twenty years ago I traveled to the Ecuadorian Amazon and my life was forever changed. As a volunteer at the Jatún Sacha Biological Station, I learned the basics of tropical ecology and became quickly fascinated by the interconnectedness of all life. I also witnessed the devastation caused by oil spills, firing me up to take action and to design a campaign at Amazon Watch seeking to pressure Chevron to clean up its toxic legacy in the rainforest.

  • Brazil: Mired in Scandal, Refusing to Progress

    Brazil: Mired in Scandal, Refusing to Progress

    March 31, 2015 – With Belo Monte's criminal irregularities in the spotlight, one would think the Brazilian government would lay low – perhaps even learn from the current crisis! Unfortunately we I was seeing the opposite here on the jungle jet and throughout the nation.

  • Bringing Dishonor Upon an Honorary Award

    Bringing Dishonor Upon an Honorary Award

    March 25, 2015 – We just found out that the Commonwealth Club of California plans to honor Chevron CEO John Watson as a "distinguished global citizen" who has "given back" to the global community. WHAT?!

  • Uyantza Raymi and the People of the Zenith

    Uyantza Raymi and the People of the Zenith

    March 22, 2015 – Observing the mountains on a sunny afternoon in the Amazon, my home, I began to reflect on the past few months I have spent on the road as an active voice advocating for the defence of indigenous territories, our rights and the rights of the future generations who have an inherent right to live in a healthy world. We all do.

  • Mounting Evidence of Corruption in the Brazilian Dam Industry

    Mounting Evidence of Corruption in the Brazilian Dam Industry

    March 19, 2015 – Last Sunday millions of citizens in dozens of cities throughout Brazil took to the streets to protests rampant corruption, erroneous economic policies and rollbacks of social benefits. Protestors called for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, claiming government mismanagement and a possible direct link between the president and an unprecedented corruption scandal centered around Petrobras.

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