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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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.

Bad Faith: Colombian Government Disrespects U'wa People

Bad Faith: Colombian Government Disrespects U'wa People

June 24, 2015

On one side of the table a group embodying integrity, legitimacy, humility. Across from them on the other? The personification of cynicism, obfuscation and arrogance. That was the scene in Bogotá yesterday where the U’wa people took their fight into a meeting with the Colombian government, calling on it to live up to previously negotiated agreements.

In Pictures: U'wa Majestic Territory

In Pictures: U'wa Majestic Territory

June 3, 2015

The U'wa are an extraordinary people, paralleled by the amazing territory they call home. With this photo gallery – featuring images taken by the U'wa themselves – we hope to take you on a visual journey into the majestic lands they are defending. Not only are these breathtaking landscapes, each of these places holds a profound spiritual and cultural significance to the U'wa.

Colombian Tribe Scores "Historic" Victory Versus Big Gas

Colombian Tribe Scores "Historic" Victory Versus Big Gas

State company Ecopetrol pulls out of drilling site in territories belonging to the indigenous U’wa people

March 26, 2015The Guardian

The indigenous U'wa people living in north-east Colombia have won what observers call an "historic" and "decisive" victory after state oil and gas company Ecopetrol dismantled a gas drilling site in their territories.

Resistance! Facing Down Goliath Oil Companies

Resistance! Facing Down Goliath Oil Companies

March 11, 2015

The Achuar and U'wa indigenous peoples have me in awe of the immense power of grassroots resistance in the face of multi-billion dollar corporations. Years after graduating from university, I find myself once again a student. Throughout my tenure at Amazon Watch, I have been honored to "informally apprentice" under our wise and humble indigenous partners.

What Would Ingrid Do? War and Peace

What Would Ingrid Do? War and Peace

March 3, 2015Indian Country Today

I live in a country which spends a third of my tax dollars on the military, so I do not know actually how peace is found. So say that you wanted peace. How would that work out?

2015 Achievements and Priorities

2015 Achievements and Priorities

February 2015

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