Eye on the Amazon
  • "Where Our Government Kills, We Cultivate Life"

    "Where Our Government Kills, We Cultivate Life"

    Munduruku leaders bring their movement to Paris climate summit

    December 14, 2015 – At the closure of this year's critical COP21 summit in Paris, the most inspirational stories do not stem from official negotiations. They emanate from the heroic efforts of global indigenous movements, bringing a message of resilience and defiance from the front lines of climate change.

  • The Amazonian Tribespeople Who Sailed Down the Seine

    The Amazonian Tribespeople Who Sailed Down the Seine

    December 10, 2015 – The Kichwa tribe in the Sarayaku region of the Amazon in Ecuador believe in the 'living forest', where humans, animals and plants live in harmony. They are fighting oil companies who want to exploit their ancestral land. A delegation of indigenous people are at the Paris COP21 climate conference to make sure their voices are heard.

  • Sarayaku's "Canoe of Life" Has a Valiant Spirit

    Sarayaku's "Canoe of Life" Has a Valiant Spirit

    December 8, 2015 – For months Sarayaku - with our help - has been planning the canoe's journey to Paris. In the end, the canoe had its own plans. And, I'm realizing, the canoe's ultimate trajectory might well have been more wise than what we had laid out. The Canoe of Life's spirit continues to reveal itself.

  • "Kindy Challwa" Canoe of Life of the Kichwa First People of Sarayaku

    "Kindy Challwa" Canoe of Life of the Kichwa First People of Sarayaku

    December 7, 2015 – After a long adventure of over a year – after the idea was born, after selecting the tree, after building the canoe, after being transported to the city, after having to respond to the demands of the Ministry of Environment and a review by the Ecuadorian police – on the 7th of December, the Canoe of Life arrived in Paris, France.

  • “Humanity – Together – Is in Danger of Extinction. Are We Really Understanding This?”

    “Humanity – Together – Is in Danger of Extinction. Are We Really Understanding This?”

    In Pictures! Sarayaku and Amazon Watch Capture COP21 Paris

    December 3, 2015 – "Now is the time to stop these destructive ideas in our ancestral territories and around the world! We as indigenous peoples have the opportunity to bring our vision – and a clear proposal – that could call on a transformation for all of humanity."

  • 10 Reasons Why Climate Initiatives Should Not Include Large Hydropower Projects

    10 Reasons Why Climate Initiatives Should Not Include Large Hydropower Projects

    A Civil Society Manifesto for the Support of Real Climate Solutions

    December 3, 2015 – Support from climate initiatives is one of the reasons why more than 3,700 hydropower dams are currently under construction and in the pipeline. Yet large hydropower projects are a false solution to climate change.

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