Protests tackle threatening new laws on Constitution’s 25th anniversaryOctober 1, 2013
Brasilia, Brazil – Today hundreds of indigenous peoples representing Brazil's native communities converged on government buildings in the nation's capital to decry unprecedented and growing attacks on their constitutional rights and territories.
Declaration and Action Agenda Takes on Climate Change and Promotes Sustainability SolutionsSeptember 24, 2013
New York, NY – Unlikely partnerships, meaningful policy, reaching beyond the choir, gender equality and a commitment to bold action were all on the agenda as 100+ women from around the world gathered in New York for three days of dialogue and deliberation at the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit.
Signatories include Vandana Shiva, Naomi Klein and James HansenSeptember 19, 2013
Quito, Ecuador – More than 130 renowned academics and intellectuals from all over the world sent a letter to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Scholars including Vandana Shiva, James Hansen, Naomi Klein, Boaventura de Souza Santos, Arturo Escobar, and Timothy Mitchell, among others, headed up the letter.
Local tribes halt construction and demand removal of illegal settlers from territoriesSeptember 17, 2013
Altamira, Brazil – Some 150 indigenous people affected by the construction of the Belo Monte dam complex in the Brazilian Amazon occupied one of the project's principle work camps yesterday, halting construction activities on a section of the world's third largest dam.
Dam license could be suspended due to violations of social and environmental conditionsSeptember 11, 2013
Altamira, Brazil – Recent lawsuits by Brazil's Federal Public Prosecutors concerning the Belo Monte dam are demanding accountability from the dam-building Norte Energia consortium, Brazil's National Development Bank, and the state environmental agency IBAMA for noncompliance with mandated mitigation measures concerning the Juruna and Xikrin Kayapó, two indigenous groups affected by the mega-project.
Ecuador President Pulls Plug on Innovative Yasuni-ITT Initiative, Authorizes Drilling in National Park
Indigenous groups and civil society vow resistanceAugust 16, 2013
Quito, Ecuador – In an evening address to the nation on Thursday, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa officially terminated the historic Yasuni-ITT proposal, and announced that PetroAmazonas, the state run oil company, would initiate plans to exploit the Ishpingo, Tambococha, and Tiputini oil fields that lie beneath the eastern part of Yasuni National Park within weeks.
Peru's Culture Ministry Blocks Expansion of Camisea Gas Project in The Amazon, Warning That Isolated Peoples Could Become ExtinctJuly 31, 2013
Peru's Vice-Ministry of Inter-Culturality has issued a critical report temporarily blocking the expansion of Peru's biggest gas project and claiming that two "isolated" indigenous peoples living in the region could be made extinct if it goes ahead.
Leaders gather in Puyo to denounce auction of their territoryJuly 16, 2013
Amazonian indigenous leaders mobilized today in the regional capital of Puyo to oppose the Ecuadorian government's attempts to close bids on eight million acres of its pristine southeastern Amazon. The region is Ecuador's last remaining tract of virgin rainforest and is home to seven indigenous nationalities. Attempts to lease it have been plagued by a transnational oil spill, global protests, and wary investors.
Indigenous peoples demand free, prior and informed consent following failed talks with Brazilian governmentJune 6, 2013
Brasilia, Brazil – Deeply frustrated with the Brazilian government's unwavering attitude about building large-scale hydroelectric dams, indigenous protesters refused to leave Brasilia following a high-level meeting this week.
The Hillary Institute of International Leadership Today Announced Its 2013 Annual, Global Hillary Laureate, Atossa Soltani of Amazon WatchJune 4, 2013
From a global watch-list on leaders in mid-career whose leadership is exceptional and inspirational, the Institute's international board, the Hillary Summit, has selected Amazon Watch Founder and Executive Director, Atossa Soltani as its 5th Annual Hillary Laureate awardee for Leadership in Climate Equity.