Sarayaku: People of the Zenith

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

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Ecuadorian State to Recognize Its Responsibility by Asking Forgiveness of the Sarayaku People

September 29, 2014

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.

Indigenous Voices Lead Largest Climate March Ever

Indigenous Voices Lead Largest Climate March Ever

Momentum building as indigenous representatives call to Keep the Oil in the Ground at the People's Climate March in New York

September 26, 2014

This past week a small group made big waves in New York City. Amazonian indigenous spokespeople and social movement leaders joined the Indigenous Bloc in leading more than 400,000 others at the People's Climate March. Amazon Watch joined front-line indigenous communities and representatives in demanding that humanity keep the oil in the ground as a fundamental solution to climate chaos.

Indigenous Groups Give Cautious Welcome to Deal Struck at UN

Indigenous Groups Give Cautious Welcome to Deal Struck at UN

Governments pledge to consult native groups over projects on indigenous lands and improve access to education and services

September 23, 2014The Guardian

Patricia Gualinga, from the Sarayaku community in the Ecuador Amazon, who travelled to the conference with Amazon Watch, was more skeptical about what the new document would bring. "Until now what I have seen and heard is that all presidents have beautiful discourses, but where I come from it just stays on paper and in discourses and not in application."

Amazon Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Amazon Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change

September 23, 2014

A selection of photos from Amazon Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change, a traveling photography exhibit with written and live testimonies from indigenous women leading solutions on the frontlines of the Amazon as the region confronts the impacts of climate change.

Amazon Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Amazon Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change

September 23, 2014

"When women decide to do something, when we are firm and radical, we will be successful and make it happen!" Patricia Gualinga addressed a packed crowd in the very spirit of her words, moving the entire room to a standing ovation. "Everywhere on the planet, we have such a powerful impact."

"Keep the Oil in the Ground!" Key Message at People's Climate March

"Keep the Oil in the Ground!" Key Message at People's Climate March

September 22, 2014

The key to solving the climate crisis starts with respecting indigenous rights and territory. Indigenous peoples whose lands, culture and way of life are already being destroyed are calling for a stop to the expansion of the oil frontier. Their voices deserve to be heard, especially since the regions they are trying to protect are vital for all of humanity’s survival.

Indigenous Groups Call for Drilling Limits to Fight Climate Change

The UN is holding the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples during the General Assembly

September 22, 2014Al Jazeera

"You don't have to look for where you are going to begin. We are already here fighting to preserve the jungle. We are present, we have been present, and we want to support the world and humanity. We in Sarayaku are betting on life, not death," said Patricia Gualinga.

People's Climate March in New York City

People's Climate March in New York City

September 21, 2014

Over 310,000 people filled the streets of New York City to participate in the largest climate march in history. Amazon Watch accompanied indigenous leaders from the Ecuadorian rainforest and marched with thousands of others calling globally to Keep the Oil in the Ground in the Amazon.

Voices from Ecuador Echo in New York

Voices from Ecuador Echo in New York

September 20, 2014

"We have to free ourselves from our addiction to oil. If we want to take on climate change, we can't continue extracting, consuming, looking for more oil and sacrificing more [indigenous] territories," said said Esperanza Martinez, founder and president of Acción Ecológica in an interview with Naomi Klein in New York City.

Indigenous Block to Speak Out in Central Park Before Leading People's Climate March

September 20, 2014

New York, NY – As tens of thousands of people flood the city to participate in the People’s Climate March, a coalition of indigenous peoples from around the world will converge in a reserved area of south-west Central Park to speak out about the seriousness of climate change and the impacts of fossil fuels and oil related developments in their territories.

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