Eye on the Amazon
  • The Unseen Truth: Mega-dams and Human Rights

    The Unseen Truth: Mega-dams and Human Rights

    October 7, 2015 – For the people who once lived within and relied upon the forest for survival, industrial development such as mega-dam construction greatly impacts the natural balance, automatically altering their right to live in a healthy environment. That's why talking about human rights abuses in the Amazon requires the acknowledgement that environmental rights abuses are directly linked to human rights abuses.

  • Journey to Ecuador’s Secret Oil Road

    Journey to Ecuador’s Secret Oil Road

    September 30, 2015 – In an exclusive investigation for reported.ly, journalist Nina Bigalke traveled to an oil concession deep in the Amazon rainforest to film an illegal access road, the existence of which Ecuador’s government has denied. As indigenous peoples seek to secure the future of their ancestral lands, President Rafael Correa faces fierce political opposition ahead of a huge expansion of oil production into Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park.

  • Keep It in the Ground

    Keep It in the Ground

    September 29, 2015 – What becomes of places like the Amazon Basin that don't have major oil reserves, but are vital for the regulation of the earth's climate, house 20% of the planet's fresh water, and one in ten of the world's known species?

  • "The Green Inferno" – Even Worse Than We Anticipated

    "The Green Inferno" – Even Worse Than We Anticipated

    September 25, 2015 – Publicity for "The Green Inferno," the latest film by "torture porn" film director Eli Roth, left our team at Amazon Watch in disbelief that anyone thought making a film based around the retrograde stereotype of the savage cannibal indigenous tribe was an acceptable idea in 2015. Understanding that controversy might well boost ticket sales, we debated whether to denounce, deride, or simply ignore the film.

  • Victory on the Xingu: Belo Monte Denied Operational License

    Victory on the Xingu: Belo Monte Denied Operational License

    September 23, 2015 – Recently we asked the international community to take action by urging the Brazilian environmental agency IBAMA to reject the dam-building consortium Norte Energia's request for Belo Monte's operational license. In a stunning victory for social and environmental accountability – and thanks in part to the many thousands of you that took action – it worked!

  • Recollections of Home: Thoughts on the Flooding of Altamira and the Belo Monte Dam

    Recollections of Home: Thoughts on the Flooding of Altamira and the Belo Monte Dam

    September 10, 2015 – Antonia Melo is standing on her front porch. Behind her sits a room full of memories and photos. Her grandchildren wrap their arms around her legs. She speaks with strength, energy and indignation. At first, I couldn't really feel the sadness in her tone when I spoke with her, but now I can.

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