June 19, 2015 – While the Pope’s Encyclical acknowledges both God and science and is expected to influence global politics, it is not a scientific or a political document. It is, rather, a definitive moral case for action on climate change calling on all of humanity to reject "capitalism at all cost" and to care for the environment and for people in need from a place of love and compassion.
June 17, 2015 – When Brazilian energy planners proposed to choke the Amazon's Tapajós river and its tributaries with dozens of large hydroelectric dams, they underrated a formidable foe: the Munduruku people. The largest indigenous group in the Tapajós Basin, the Munduruku are proving to be sophisticated adversaries who are throwing a wrench in the dam industry's plans.
June 12, 2015 – Amazon Watch is excited to announce that we are now accepting bitcoin payments for donations. As this payment method becomes more mainstream, we hope to continue to ensure that your donations are used most economically and effectively to protect the future of our planet.
June 10, 2015 – Last month in direct violation of its own laws on "free, prior, and informed consultation" Ecuadorian government officials and oil company technicians entered oil blocks 74 and 75 in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, without informing many of the communities whose ancestral territory the blocks overlap, in what appears to be part of a plan to pull apart the Kichwa territory in the Bobonazo river basin.
June 5, 2015 – In May, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited South America and indigenous leaders from the Ecuadorian Amazon urged him not to drill for oil in their territory. In 2013, Li promised to use an "iron fist" to punish companies that destroy the environment. Support indigenous communities, ask Li to live up to his promise and to cancel China's plans to drill the Amazon.
June 3, 2015 – The U'wa are an extraordinary people, paralleled by the amazing territory they call home. With this photo gallery – featuring images taken by the U'wa themselves – we hope to take you on a visual journey into the majestic lands they are defending. Not only are these breathtaking landscapes, each of these places holds a profound spiritual and cultural significance to the U'wa.
Amazon Watch works to protect the rainforest by advancing the rights of indigenous peoples. Defending indigenous rights and territories is a demonstrably effective solution to the threat of climate change. Together with our indigenous allies, we are growing the movement to leave all fossil fuels in the ground and promote a just transition to 100% renewable energy.