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Amazon Watch and Indigenous and Climate Justice Allies at COP 25

Between December 2nd and 13th, the 25th annual UN climate negotiations, the Conference of Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is taking place in Madrid, Spain. Amazon Watch staff and allies are in Madrid to amplify the critical importance of protecting the Amazon rainforest and supporting indigenous rights as urgent and necessary solutions to address the climate crisis. We will be inside the formal negotiations to demand climate justice and outside at public events and marches, including the Minga Indígena, the alternative indigenous peoples summit, the Social Summit for the Climate or Cumbre Social por el Clima and the March for the Climate on December 6th.

The COP 25 was scheduled to be in Santiago, Chile, but due to a national uprising met with intense state violence the COP 25 was moved last month. Together with the Global Alliance to Demand Climate Justice, Amazon Watch stands in solidarity with the people of Chile who are rising against austerity and growing inequalities; we condemn the violent repression and human rights violations from the government and the military against peaceful protestors and hold the government responsible. We are also inspired by civil society in Chile who, amidst it all, went forward in organizing and hosting the People's Summit in Santiago as planned.

In Madrid, Amazon Watch is supporting resistance and solutions of indigenous peoples, women on the frontlines, and youth for climate justice. Specifically, we are supporting:

  • Indigenous peoples' call to permanently protect the Amazon Sacred Headwaters and keep it free from fossil fuel and industrial extraction in collaboration with the Sacred Headwaters Initiative. Read and sign the declaration here. We are supporting and accompanying a delegation of indigenous leaders from Ecuador and Peru and releasing a report on the threats to the region next week.
  • Supporting the Minga Indigena, the alternative COP 25: Indigenous Peoples Summit. You can support the Minga here.
  • Amplifying the urgency of the threats to the Brazilian Amazon and the lives of the indigenous forest guardians who are defending the rainforest from the government, corporations and the financiers who are complicit in destruction.
  • Amplifying the voices of Women Defenders of the Amazon Against Extraction, including Patricia Gualinga and Nina Gualinga, Kichwa from Sarayaku at various events and with international media.
  • In solidarity with the global movement of youth for climate justice, we are also supporting indigenous youth from Sarayaku in Madrid, including Helena Gualinga, Abigail Gualinga Santi and Mireya Gualinga Tapuy, Kichwa from Sarayaku.
  • And, we stand in solidarity with climate justice allies who are speaking truth to power by denouncing false solutions and the carbon market which exacerbates the climate crisis.

If you're in Madrid, here's where you can find us.

Minga Indígena – December 6-10

More information here and here. Support the Minga here.

Social Summit for the Climate / Cumbre Social por el Clima – December 7-13

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Edificio Multiusos)
More information here.

(Events that have concluded are listed in grey.)

Friday, December 6

6:00 - 10:00 pm: COP 25 Climate March 6-D / COP 25 Marcha por el Clima 6-D
Atocha Station, Madrid
More info here.

Saturday, December 7

10:00 - 11:00 am: Inauguration of Social Summit for the Climate
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Edificio Multiusos)
More info here.

11:00 am - 6:00 pm: Minga Indígena at Universidad Complutense

11:00 am - noon: Youth Conversation on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change: Challenges for current and future generations

11:00 am - noon: Displacement of Indigenous Peoples by REDD and NBS
Tom Goldtooth, Ninawa Huni Kuin, Cassandra Smithies

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Indigenous Movement: Solutions at the Forefront with indigenous leaders from Ecuador
Jaime Vargas (President of CONAIE), Leonidas Iza (President of Indigenous Movement of Cotopaxi), Gloria Ushigua (Sapara), Alicia Cawiya (Waorani), Emilio Chong (Engabao) and moderated by Leo Cerda (Kichwa)

4:00 -5:00 pm: Stories from the Amazon: A Global Call to Action
Sonia Guajajara (National Coordinator for APIB- Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil), Leo Cerda (Kichwa), Emilio Chong (Engabao), moderated by Leila Salazar-López (Executive Director of Amazon Watch)

3:30 - 5:30 pm: WECAN event at Climate Social Summit/Cumbre Social por el Clima
"Frontline Women Protecting and Defending Rights, Land, Communities and Climate"
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Edificio Multiusos
More info here.

Sunday, December 8

10:30 - 11:30 am: Declaración de Territorios Indígenas como ser vivo (Minga Indígena)
Presentación de Abigail Gualinga Santi y Mireya Gualinga Tapuy, jovenes Kichwa de Sarayaku

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Los pueblos Indígenas amazonicos ante la extracción petrolera (Minga Indígena)
Gloria Ushigua Santi (Sapara), Alicia Cahuiya (Waorani), Mireya Gualinga (Kichwa)

Monday, December 9

2:30 - 3:00 pm: Press Conference and Report Release: Sacred Headwaters Under Threat
MOCHA (Hall 4)
Info on the report and the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative here.

6:00 - 6:30 pm: Press Conference: Indigenous Women of the Amazon: Calls to Action
Organized by WECAN
MOCHA (Hall 4)
More info here.

Tuesday, December 10

5:30 - 6:00 pm: Press Conference: Women for Climate Justice on the Frontlines of Systemic Change
MOCHA (Hall 4)
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Canada); Sônia Guajajara (Brazilian Amazon); Daiara Sampaio Tukano (Brazilian Amazon); Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation, USA), Ruth Nyambura (Kenya); Osprey Orielle Lake (USA)

Martes, 10 de Diciembre

5:30-6:00 pm: Conferencia de Prensa: Mujeres para Justicia Climática en la primera línea del cambio sistémico.
MOCHA (sala 4) en COP25 necesita acreditación
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Canada); Sônia Guajajara (Brazilian Amazon); Daiara Sampaio Tukano (Brazilian Amazon); Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation, USA), Ruth Nyambura (Kenya); Osprey Orielle Lake (USA)

Wednesday, December 11

9:30 - 10:00 am: APIB Press Conference: Threats to Indigenous Peoples and Territories in the Brazilian Amazon Mocha (Hall 3)

11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change
Arena 4 at the COP 25 venue, Room 3
Speakers to date include: Sônia Guajajara (Brazilian Amazon); Daiara Sampaio (Brazilian Amazon); Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation, USA), Ruth Nyambura (Kenya); Nina Gualinga (Ecuadorian Amazon); Osprey Orielle Lake (USA); and others to be announced!
More info here.

Miércoles, 11 de Diciembre

9:30-10:00 am: APIB Conferencia de Prensa: Amenazas a los Pueblos Indígenas y Territorios en la Amazonía Brasileña
MOCHA (Sala 3) en COP25 necesita acreditación

11:30 - 1:00 pm: Mujeres para Justicia Climática y Acaudillando Soluciones en la Primera Línea contra el Cambio Climático
Arena 4 en COP25 Madrid (Sala 3)
HABLANTES: Sônia Guajajara (Brazilian Amazon); Daiara Sampaio (Brazilian Amazon); Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation, USA), Ruth Nyambura (Kenya); Nina Gualinga (Ecuadorian Amazon); Osprey Orielle Lake (USA); y otros!
Más información aquí.

Photo credit: Jeanny Tsai

Amplify 2020!

A Celebration of Voices from the Amazon

Join 250 changemakers committed to protecting the Amazon, defending indigenous rights, and demanding climate justice.

When: April 22nd, 2020 (Earth Day) from 6 to 10 pm
Where: The Green Room at the San Francisco War Memorial
401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 110
San Francisco, CA

The Amazon is nearing the ecological tipping point unless we unify to defend, protect, and restore it by supporting indigenous peoples and holding accountable those complicit in its destruction. Join supporters and special guests as we celebrate victories, honor allies, and respond to the call to protect the world's largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Kathering at katherine@amazonwatch.org or +1.510.281.9020 x306 for more information.

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