More About Sarayaku
As in other parts of the Amazon, the Ecuadorian government imposed oil concession blocks in Sarayaku territory without their permission. They only learned that their land had been opened for oil exploration when the helicopters arrived, followed by the men with guns. But instead of becoming another story of pollution and devastation, the story of Sarayaku has been one of resistance. More
COP20 Lima and a call to action in 2015December 24, 2014
Earlier this month, the world's eyes were on Lima as 196 nations debated what to do about climate change at the UN COP20 climate summit. While world leaders debated, negotiated, signed and didn't sign agreements, Amazon Watch and our allies sounded the alarm on the critical importance of the Amazon rainforest and indigenous ancestral territories in maintaining climate stability.
I walk a small path, surrounded by an infinite number of trees, plants and the scent of flowers. My lungs fill with pure, fresh air when I take a deep breath. My bare feet touch the ground, damp from yesterday's rain. This is my home. This is where I grew up. This is what I want to share with my children one day.
Felipe Jacome's set of photos Amazon: Guardians of Life documents the struggles of indigenous women defending the Ecuadoran Amazon through portraits combined with the powerful written testimonies.
Join us at Bioneers this weekend!October 15, 2014
We can hardly wait to dream, scheme and celebrate with you at Bioneers 25th Anniversary Summit Conference this weekend! Join us along with our allies in San Rafael, CA on October 17-19th as we discuss "The World We Want & How to Get There" and work to grow the movement for Mother Earth and future generations.
Yasunidos, the Ecuadorian youth collective that launched a movement to preserve the most biodiverse place on earth, has been nominated for the Human Rights Tulip Award. Friday, October 10th is the last day to vote!
Thank you to all who joined Amazon Watch at our 9th Annual Luncheon in San Francisco yesterday – we were absolutely blown away by a packed house and all your support, ideas, inspiration and love. The event was a huge success thanks to the hundreds of friends who came to join us in person and or live online. What an incredible community we've become!
Plus Our Annual Financial Report for 2013Fall 2014
We stand at a critical moment in history. Amazon Watch is facing this challenge with great resolve and creativity. We are a powerful community and without you and your support, none of our work would be possible.
Ceremony in Sarayaku's rainforest territory represents the first time in Latin America a sitting government has apologized to indigenous peoples for human rights violationsOctober 1, 2014
Quito, Ecuador – History was made today in the Kichwa community of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where representatives of four Ecuadorian government ministries along with the Attorney General's office publicly apologized to the indigenous nation for human rights violations that occurred in their rainforest territory in 2003. It is believed to be the first time in Latin America that a sitting government has traveled to an indigenous community to offer an apology for rights violations.
Justice Minister Ledy Zuniga to Offer Apology in Ceremony WednesdaySeptember 30, 2014Wall Street Journal
Quito, Ecuador – Justice Minister Ledy Zuniga will offer a public apology to a community from the Sarayaku indigenous group on Wednesday over the development of an oil project in their ancestral lands almost two decades ago, which an international court said was a violation of their rights.
Four Ecuadorian Ministers and the Attorney General will travel to the community of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon to ask the Kichwa first nation of Sarayaku for forgiveness given the human rights violations committed against them during the oil operation carried out by the company CGC.