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Climate and the Amazon

A healthy Amazon rainforest is one of the Earth's best defenses against climate change. The world's tropical forests, of which the Amazon is the largest, currently absorb some 20 percent of the carbon dioxide produced from burning fossil fuels. Protecting the Amazon rainforest – which when cut or burned actually contributes to climate change – must be a centerpiece of the global efforts to stop climate change, along with transitioning to clean energy. More

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Two Decades of Fellowship with the U'wa People of Colombia

Two Decades of Fellowship with the U'wa People of Colombia

October 20, 2017

"The power of our struggle and resistance in defense of our worldview ... has guaranteed that we have not faltered."

My First Decade at Amazon Watch

My First Decade at Amazon Watch

October 19, 2017

Over ten years, I have been privileged to play a role in most of the organization's major campaign initiatives. While the moments of exhilaration, frustration, learning, anger, and beauty could fill a book, I want to share ten snapshots of key experiences that represent what serving with Amazon Watch has meant to me.

Us and Them: Affected Peoples vs. Chevron in Canada

Us and Them: Affected Peoples vs. Chevron in Canada

October 12, 2017

"It's a fundamental question of whether corporations like Chevron should be allowed to use their financial muscle to destroy people with an absolutely vital claim to reparations for damages that were caused to them over many years."

Record Amazon Fires Stun Scientists; Sign of Sick, Degraded Forests

Record Amazon Fires Stun Scientists; Sign of Sick, Degraded Forests

October 11, 2017Mongabay

"The very agents of wanton destruction of the Amazon are now controlling the legislative and executive branches of the federal government and working day and night to increase deforestation and degradation via bills and acts that are being tolerated by the judiciary."

Brazil's National Indigenous Movement: Resolute in Times of Crisis

Brazil's National Indigenous Movement: Resolute in Times of Crisis

Brazil's indigenous people face mounting threats under President Temer, yet recent collective, high-profile efforts have seen some success in the fight for their lands

October 5, 2017openDemocracy

Given its recent impressive and successful record at resisting an onslaught of attacks, Brazil's National Indigenous Movement should inspire anyone resisting regressive governments around the world.

Brazil's Mega Hydro Plan Foreshadows China's Growing Impact on the Amazon

Brazil's Mega Hydro Plan Foreshadows China's Growing Impact on the Amazon

The government wants to open up the Tapajós basin – an area the size of France – for trade with China. But the indigenous Munduruku won't let it happen without a fight.

October 5, 2017The Guardian

"Support of projects that result in rainforest destruction undermines China's efforts to position itself as a leader in the global fight against climate change."

Threatened Indigenous Community in Peruvian Amazon Receives Support from Around the World

International grassroots petitions signed by tens of thousands urge protection of Shipibo Community in Santa Clara de Uchunya

October 3, 2017

Washington, DC – Peruvian authorities must take urgent steps to end land grabbing, deforestation, and political killings of indigenous leaders in the Ucayali region, thousands of individuals stated in international grassroots petitions published today.

Amazon in Focus 2017

Amazon in Focus 2017

Fall 2017

Since its beginning, Amazon Watch has been deeply committed to defending indigenous peoples' rights and territories, for they are the best guardians of their rainforest homes. We stand with the U'wa of Colombia who inspired the world with their call to protect their sacred territory and keep the blood of Mother Earth in the ground. We stand with the Kichwa of Sarayaku who expelled oil companies and the military from their territory and won a historic case against the Ecuadorian government for violating their rights. We stood with the communities devastated by Chevron and Occidental petroleum and won. We also stood with the Xingu's indigenous and riverine communities to resist the construction of Belo Monte Dam when others had given up.

Amplify! A Celebration of Voices from the Amazon

Amplify! A Celebration of Voices from the Amazon

September 28, 2017

Thank you to all our friends and supporters who joined us on September 27th, 2017 for our annual gala - Amplify! A celebration of voices from the Amazon.

Brazil Revokes Decree Opening Amazon Reserve to Mining

Brazil Revokes Decree Opening Amazon Reserve to Mining

September 26, 2017BBC News

The Brazilian government has revoked a controversial decree that would have opened up a vast reserve in the Amazon to commercial mining. One opposition senator said at the time that it was the "biggest attack on the Amazon in the last 50 years."

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