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Hundreds form massive "human banner" image citing importance of legal territorial rights for indigenous peoples in global climate conversationDecember 6, 2014
Lima, Peru – Indigenous territorial rights must be guaranteed as an effective strategy to address climate change was the message of an enormous "human banner" image created on Agua Dulce beach today outside the UN COP20 climate summit.
Indigenous Peoples to Create Giant Human Banner Artwork at COP20 Calling for Territorial Rights to Slow Climate Change
Amazonian and global indigenous peoples to form massive image in support of territorial rights as a key solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing climate changeDecember 3, 2014
Hundreds of indigenous people and supporters will form a gigantic "human banner" art work on the beach, creating an image symbolizing the important role of indigenous protection of the rainforest and natural resources.
Historic gathering builds opposition to government's plans for new mega-dam complexDecember 1, 2014
Santarém, Brazil – Tensions are building over the Brazilian government's polemic plans to circumvent the law in order to dam the Tapajós River. On November 27th, representatives of a diverse coalition of threatened indigenous peoples and other traditional communities assembled with religious leaders and activists to challenge a new Amazon mega-dam complex.
Greenpeace join the Munduruku to protest against the construction of a hydroelectric project on Tapajós River in Pará stateNovember 27, 2014Greenpeace
Greenpeace activists joined the Munduruku deep in the Amazon rainforest to protest the construction of a major hydroelectric project. The group gathered at a beach on the banks of the Tapajos River and displayed a message in the sand that read "Free Tapajós". The beach is located near the waterfall of the "São Luiz do Tapajós" project, the first of five hydroelectric dams planned for the region.
Munduruku people "auto-demarcate" lands threatened by Tapajós River mega-damsNovember 5, 2014
Rio de Janeiro – In response to the Dilma Rousseff government's failure to recognize indigenous rights to lands scheduled for flooding by two mega-dam projects, the Munduruku people have taken the extraordinary measure to demarcate their own territory.
We cite as the sole responsible parties for the violence unleashed on June 5th the government of ex-President Alan García and other representatives. They allowed for a massacre against the demonstrators. The police, following the orders of the Interior Minister, Mercedes Cabanillas, opened fire on and launched tear gas from helicopters against the only ones who were defending the Amazon.
Plans to build new dam on the Tapajós River flout legal requirements for consultations with threatened communitiesSeptember 16, 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – In a precipitous move last Friday, Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy set December 15th as the date to auction the construction of the massive São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam, the first in a series of large dams slated for construction on the Tapajós River, one of the Amazon's largest tributaries.
Take action to defend Davi Yanomami! Send a letter to the Brazilian government demanding urgent police protection.
Davi Kopenawa, shaman and internationally renowned spokesman for the Yanomami tribe in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, has demanded urgent police protection following a series of death threats by armed thugs reportedly hired by goldminers operating illegally on Yanomami land.
Over three decades of controversy captured through an interactive timelineJuly 15, 2014
Altamira, Brazil – Today's groundbreaking, comprehensive publication chronicles the complex history of the world's most controversial hydropower project, the Belo Monte Dam.