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Earth Defenders Under Threat in the Amazon

Across the Amazon, Earth Defenders face threats and attacks for their activism in defense of rivers, forests, the climate, and territorial rights. Amazon Watch is committed to their defense and support through advocacy before national and international authorities, emergency response, communications support to amplify their messages, and more. More

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Investing in Amazon Destruction

Investing in Amazon Destruction

Why Private Financial Institutions Must Divest from Amazon Crude – Now

November 2017

Despite the urgent imperative to keep at least two thirds of all fossil fuels in the ground in order to avoid catastrophic climate change, governments and companies continue to recklessly expand fossil fuel exploration and drilling across the globe.

Colombia's Government Hasn't Taken Responsibility on Deforestation

Colombia's Government Hasn't Taken Responsibility on Deforestation

Deforestation rose 44 percent in 2016. Protecting indigenous peoples should be step one in reversing this trend.

November 2017Americas Quarterly

Colombia's next president will face many pressing challenges, not the least of which is implementation of the FARC peace accord, but he or she must also take decisive action on Colombia's role in combatting climate change.

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.

Xingu River Defender Antônia Melo Honored for Her Lifelong Struggle

Xingu River Defender Antônia Melo Honored for Her Lifelong Struggle

October 11, 2017

"I am but drop of water in the ocean, but together with many others we can shape the force of its waters and make change. This is what motivates my commitment to continue fighting, so that human rights, social-environmental justice, and that life be affirmed for present and future generations!"

When Defending the Land Becomes a Crime

When Defending the Land Becomes a Crime

How legal and police systems across the Amazon and throughout Latin America criminalize environmental activists and indigenous peoples – and justify attacks against them

October 5, 2017

"At the end of the day resistance is an ethical struggle. It is a struggle we must take up. Resistance is a principle of justice, especially when we see that the people are suffering."

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.

Amazon Watch and Empowered By Light Help Indigenous Communities Embrace Clean Energy

Amazon Watch and Empowered By Light Help Indigenous Communities Embrace Clean Energy

Three indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest can now generate solar energy thanks to a partnership between Amazon Watch and Empowered By Light

September 21, 2017Renewable Energy

"These communities are true climate leaders" said Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director at Amazon Watch. "Lighting the way for our climate and our forests, these indigenous earth defenders know that the solution to climate change must include stopping the destruction of the Amazon rainforest."

Ecuador's Government Responds to Demands of the Country's Indigenous Movement

Ecuador's Government Responds to Demands of the Country's Indigenous Movement

September 20, 2017

It has been eight years since Ecuador's indigenous leaders last met with the leader occupying the country's presidential palace. But Ecuador's new president, Lenin Moreno, has taken a different approach, summoning various actors who were considered opponents by the previous government to a "National Dialogue".

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