Eye on the Amazon
  • Indigenous Women Fulfilling Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor

    Indigenous Women Fulfilling Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor

    October 12, 2015 – As Indigenous Women of the Americas, we understand the responsibilities toward the sacred system of life given to us by the Creator to protect the territorial integrity of Mother Earth and Indigenous Peoples. These responsibilities include the safety, health and well being of our children and those yet to come, as well as the children of all of our non-human relatives, the seeds of the plants and those unseen. These responsibilities demand that we act to ensure healthy air, water, soil, seeds and a safe climate so that life may continue...

  • 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!

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