Eye on the Amazon
  • <em>¡Amazonía Viva!</em> Art and Action at COP20

    ¡Amazonía Viva! Art and Action at COP20

    December 7, 2014 – Yesterday hundreds of indigenous peoples from communities across the Amazon joined together on a beach in Lima, Peru to create a massive "human banner" image to promote awareness about territorial rights for indigenous peoples in the global climate conversation. Beneath the heat of the sun and to the sound of beating drums, indigenous peoples and allies danced and rallied around a united message.

  • Ecuador's Crackdown on Critics on Full Display as COP20 Climate Conference Begins

    Ecuador's Crackdown on Critics on Full Display as COP20 Climate Conference Begins

    UPDATE: Yasunidos and Climate Caravan arrive in Lima!

    December 5, 2014 – A delegation from the environmental collective Yasunidos finally arrived to Lima, Peru today after a week of harassment and intimidation by Ecuadorian police and military that sought to prevent them from crossing the border to attend the COP20 climate conference, and thrust the Ecuadorian government's continued domestic crackdown on civil society critics into the international spotlight.

  • <em>¡Amazonia Viva!</em> Amazon Watch at COP20

    ¡Amazonia Viva! Amazon Watch at COP20

    December 4, 2014 – Together with our indigenous allies from the Amazon and NGO allies from the north and south, Amazon Watch is in Lima to highlight and expose major threats from a wave of egregious extractive and infrastructure projects planned for the Amazon.

  • Resistance and Hope on the Tapajós River

    Resistance and Hope on the Tapajós River

    November 28, 2014 – This week's "Caravan to Resist Dams in the Amazon" marked the largest political action ever staged in opposition to the Brazilian government's authoritarian march to dam the Tapajós River. Assembled on the banks of the majestic river, members the region's indigenous and traditional communities joined religious leaders and activists to stand as one in defense of the Tapajós, its peoples, and all the life that this vital waterway sustains.

  • Peaceful Warriors: The Mundurukú Resist Dams With Strength and Art

    Peaceful Warriors: The Mundurukú Resist Dams With Strength and Art

    November 27, 2014 – Today some 60 Mundurukú people and 10 activists gathered at an island near the proposed São Luiz do Tapajós dam site in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, and performed an act of strength, dedication, and perseverance demonstrating their passion at any cost to save the Tapajós region.

  • Eye on Brazil: Tensions Escalate on the Tapajós River

    Eye on Brazil: Tensions Escalate on the Tapajós River

    November 25, 2014 – The Brazilian government's decision to dam the Amazon's Tapajós River demonstrates a shocking disregard for the rights of the region's indigenous and traditional peoples. Tensions continue to escalate, with the Mundurukú people carrying out an "auto-demarcation" process of their land in defiance of the government's intentional deferral of the official demarcation process. 

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