Eye on the Amazon
  • Recognizing the Rights of Nature and the Living Forest

    Recognizing the Rights of Nature and the Living Forest

    February 4, 2016 – Civil society, non-governmental and community organizations representing hundreds of thousands of people from diverse social movements and international networks gathered during the Paris climate negotiations for major actions on the streets, hundreds of events, assemblies, concerts and educational workshops focused on just, community driven climate solutions.

  • Honoring the Legacy of Terry Turner

    Honoring the Legacy of Terry Turner

    January 20, 2016 – Terry's incisive ethnographic work with the Kayapo people, and his longstanding advocacy on behalf of their culture, forests, and rivers, earned him unique respect and admiration from Kayapo leadership, who called him 'Wakampu'.

  • Jiyukam Presente! Homage to a Peaceful Warrior

    Jiyukam Presente! Homage to a Peaceful Warrior

    January 14, 2016 – A wave of sadness has surged forth from the Amazon rainforest, washing over many who have supported indigenous rights in Peru. Yesterday we learned that the long-time Achuar leader Jiyukam Lucas Irar Miik had drown in the Pastaza River, as he returned to his home community of Puerto Rubina. As reported by his son, his boat hit a log and capsized as it traveled up-river deep in the night. Lucas was last seen sleeping on the journey.

  • In Brazil, 2016 Announces New Conflicts and Challenges for the Amazon

    In Brazil, 2016 Announces New Conflicts and Challenges for the Amazon

    January 7, 2016 – 2015 could only be defined as a bad year for Brazil. Economic meltdown, political crisis, social adversity, and environmental destruction defined the last twelve months. Yet rather than striking out in new directions as 2015 drew to a close, the Brazilian government was doubled down on its failing socio-economic model, ushering in a new wave of conflict and calamity in the Amazon.

  • Hope Amidst the Good, Bad, and Ugly at the Climate Summit

    Hope Amidst the Good, Bad, and Ugly at the Climate Summit

    December 30, 2015 – On Dec. 12th, 195 nations signed the Paris Climate Accord, an agreement to limit CO2 emissions for the first time. In the days following, a debate has raged over whether the accord is a historic, unprecedented deal or whether it's the product of a pro-business climate circus that sold out basic science and principles of justice.

  • Five Reasons To Be Hopeful for the Future of the Amazon

    Five Reasons To Be Hopeful for the Future of the Amazon

    December 28, 2015 – The Amazon rainforest can seem unimaginably vast. Similarly, the fight to defend it from the onslaught of industrial-scale threats like oil drilling, logging, and huge dams can appear overwhelming. But across the region, local indigenous peoples and our work to support them is making the difference and protecting the lands they have known for centuries. In 2015, these five snapshots of success gave us hope that the Amazon has a chance to avoid ecosystem collapse, but only if we support its indigenous guardians.

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