The U'wa People of Colombia's Cloud Forests

The U'wa are a peaceful culture of more than 6,200 people who live in the remote Andes of northeastern Colombia, along the border with Venezuela. Both the U'wa and the cloud forest they inhabit are among the last of their kind in the world. However, the U'wa way of life is now jeopardized by oil, gas, and mining concessions. More

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Indigenous Diplomacy

Indigenous Diplomacy

Colombia's U'wa Before the United Nations

May 19, 2016

"Today, I’m here sharing this with you but my people are once again mobilized. We are on Zizuma, the sacred mountain where many sources of water originate – lakes and rivers which bathe our territory and serve as an important source of water for Colombia."

The Legacy of Berito Cobaria

The Legacy of Berito Cobaria

On Cultural Genocide, Language Revitalization and the International Campaign Against Occidental Petroleum

May 10, 2016Intercontinental Cry

"Berito taught Colombia's indigenous people and the world the importance of the globalization of resistance, how to defend the beloved Earth and how to fight against climate change."

They Say the Land Is Dead, But It Lives Yet

They Say the Land Is Dead, But It Lives Yet

The U'wa Struggle Against Tuberculosis, Parasitic Worms, Climate Change and Threats of Violent Paramilitary Repression

May 5, 2016Intercontinental Cry

"These are very serious accusations providing a political rationale for a violent paramilitary repression against the U'wa," said Andrew Miller, Advocacy Director at Amazon Watch. "The notion that the U'wa are associated with an armed group is absurd. They are actually radical pacifists by culture."

The Guardians of Mother Earth

The Guardians of Mother Earth

The Indigenous U'wa Struggle for Peace in Colombia

May 2, 2016Intercontinental Cry

The U’wa, who call themselves the people who know how to think and speak, consider themselves the Guardians of Mother Nature, and large tracts of land inside their territory have become biological reserves for jaguars, spectacled bears, as well as a kaleidoscopic array of endemic plant and bird life that do not appear anywhere else on the planet.

U'wa Update: Serious Threats Against Peaceful Mobilization

U'wa Update: Serious Threats Against Peaceful Mobilization

March 28, 2016

There is no legitimate rationale for using violence against the U'wa. They are extreme pacifists by culture (considering the mere presence of weapons in their territory as violence) and have always been transparent about their actions. In this case, they are protecting an ecologically fragile and spiritually significant part of their own territory from damage.

Protecting Their Sacred Zizuma

Protecting Their Sacred Zizuma

Colombia’s U’wa Indigenous Guard Mobilizes

March 23, 2016

Taking direct action to defend their territory is a deadly serious proposition for Colombia's indigenous peoples. As such, the current mobilization of the U'wa Indigenous Guard to stop tourists from entering the sacred snow-capped mountain peak of El Cocuy has grabbed national and international attention.

How They Won

How They Won

What we can learn from the U'wa and Achuar Victories in 2015

October 15, 2015

In 2015, several indigenous peoples announced important advances in their decades-long struggles to defend their sacred homelands. The Achuar people of the Northern Peruvian Amazon and the U'wa people of the Colombian cloud forest both embody the power of grassroots resistance in the face of multi-billion dollar corporations.

Keep It in the Ground

Keep It in the Ground

September 29, 2015

What becomes of places like the Amazon Basin that don't have major oil reserves, but are vital for the regulation of the earth's climate, house 20% of the planet's fresh water, and one in ten of the world's known species?

Amazon in Focus 2015

Amazon in Focus 2015

Fall 2015

The past year saw many important victories for our partners, yet the next several years will be critical to advancing rainforest protection, indigenous rights, and solutions to climate change such as clean, renewable energy.

These Nine Indigenous Voices Are Inspiring Us Right Now

These Nine Indigenous Voices Are Inspiring Us Right Now

August 9, 2015

We are deeply appreciative for the honor of collaborating with indigenous peoples, organizations, and activists, from around the Amazon rainforest and elsewhere. It is extraordinary to find common cause in high-stakes human dramas that, we believe, will help shape the future of the entire planet.

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