The Xingu River and Its People

For hundreds of years, the Xingu River basin has been home to a cross-section of Brazilian life, made up of rural and urban communities. The region reveals a diverse conglomeration of people, with varying levels of multilingualism and acculturation to the Brazilian mainstream. More

Showing articles 1 - 10 of 471 total  |  Page 1 of 48

Tired of Superheroes? Here Are Some Movies With Real Heroes Fighting for Our Future

Tired of Superheroes? Here Are Some Movies With Real Heroes Fighting for Our Future

December 9, 2016

Check out one of the five stunning new films recently released about the Amazon and the heroic environmental defenders protecting it and defending us from climate change.

Brazil's Dispossessed: Belo Monte Dam Ruinous for Indigenous Cultures

Brazil's Dispossessed: Belo Monte Dam Ruinous for Indigenous Cultures

The builders of Brazil’s mega-dam on the Xingu River are accused with ethnocide – the ruin of native cultures, lifestyles and livelihoods. Displaced families are vigorously seeking justice.

December 8, 2016Mongabay

Hydropower is often touted as a climate-friendly source of energy, and Brazil has the potential to be one of the world’s greatest producers. Yet the human consequences of damming rivers have proven devastating. A prime example is seen in the charge of ethnocide lodged against the parties responsible for building the Belo Monte Dam.

Victories by Brazil's Indigenous Movement Demonstrate Ways To Resist Authoritarianism

Victories by Brazil's Indigenous Movement Demonstrate Ways To Resist Authoritarianism

November 18, 2016

From North to South America and around the world, the ascendency of authoritarian leaders portends dangerous days ahead. Yet at the same time, remarkable stories continue to emerge of determined resistance to these brutal regressions, led by the continent's indigenous peoples from the Amazon to Standing Rock.

Belo Monte: After the Flood

Belo Monte: After the Flood

October 25, 2016

Belo Monte: After the Flood is a documentary exploring the effects of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on the environment and peoples of the Brazilian city of Altamira and the Xingu River basin, a tributary to the Amazon River.

Amazon Watch 20th Anniversary Gala

Amazon Watch 20th Anniversary Gala

October 7, 2016

Thank you to all our friends and supporters who joined us at our 20th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday in San Francisco, where we shared food, music, dancing, and inspiring words about our last 20 years and our vision for the years to come supporting indigenous peoples and protecting the Amazon.

An Indigenous Community's Battle To Save Their Home in the Amazon – In Pictures

An Indigenous Community's Battle To Save Their Home in the Amazon – In Pictures

September 23, 2016The Guardian

There are currently over 60 major hydroelectric dam projects in the Amazon. The third largest project is the Belo Monte on the Xingu River, Brazil, which has already displaced 20,000 indigenous and riverine people.

Brazil's New Government Needs Economic Growth and May Sacrifice the Amazon To Get It

Brazil's New Government Needs Economic Growth and May Sacrifice the Amazon To Get It

September 7, 2016The Conversation

The impeachment of former president Dilma Rousseff, coup or not, represents a fundamental realigning of modern Brazil. For some in the country, the crisis is an opportunity. These politicians and businessmen are now exploiting the upheaval to roll-back environmental laws and get their hands on the vast natural resources found in protected regions of the Amazon.

Brazil Judge Suspends Operating License for Belo Monte Hydrodam

Brazil Judge Suspends Operating License for Belo Monte Hydrodam

September 1, 2016Reuters

A judge in Brazil's Amazonian state of Para suspended the operating license of the controversial Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River for failing to provide required water and sewage services to local communities.

Victory on Brazil's Tapajós River and the Battle that Lies Ahead

Victory on Brazil's Tapajós River and the Battle that Lies Ahead

August 9, 2016

Last week, in a stunning turn of events, Brazil's environmental agency IBAMA definitively shelved plans to carve the São Luiz do Tapajós mega-dam into the heart of the Amazon. Deeming the project a socio-environmental liability for its devastating impacts upon the lands and way of life of the Munduruku people, IBAMA's bold move could reflect a major shift away from disastrous mega-projects like the Belo Monte dam.

Major Amazon Dam Opposed by Tribes Fails To Get Environmental License

Brazil's environmental regulator rules the dam's backers had failed to supply information to show its social and environmental impact

August 5, 2016The Guardian

Christian Poirier of Amazon Watch said: "We have been awaiting such a welcome announcement from the Brazilian government for more than a decade, while witnessing the tragic and unnecessary damming of the Madeira and Xingu rivers during this time."

Showing articles 1 - 10 of 471 total  |  Page 1 of 48

Yes, I will donate to protect the Amazon!

"The work you do is vital, and I am happy to support it."
– Charlotte R. A.

DONATE NOW