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Amazon Watch
12/08/2016 at 16:52. Facebook
Yes, it's about "environmental justice", "human rights" and "indigenous rights":

"For decades, environmentalism and what we now call environmental justice were deeply intertwined. Care for the earth and for vulnerable human communities belonged together. Empowering workers, protecting public health, and preserving landscapes were part of a single effort. Maybe it’s time to reclaim that older...
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Environmentalism Was Once a Social-Justice Movement

Amazon Watch
12/08/2016 at 03:20. Facebook
Indigenous communities around the world are fighting the fossil fuel industry. Many more people are looking to share their stories each day:

"This documentary film tells the story of an indigenous community fighting enforced oil extraction in the Ecuadorian Amazon."

#Keepitintheground #EndAmazonCrude

Where do you draw the line? (full film)

Amazon Watch
yesterday at 19:31. Facebook
Aura Tegría of the U'wa people of Colombia talks about the importance of Amazon Watch's solidarity work with the U'wa and the broader indigenous rights movement.

Please support our work at [ Amazonwatch.org Link ]

When you donate you are making a choice to support strategies that are effective and embody the values of collaboration and partnership with indigenous peoples. From Standing Rock...
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Amazon Watch
yesterday at 17:26. Facebook
From International Rivers:

"Healthy rivers are free to expand, contract, and change course slightly over seasons, years, and decades. In their unaltered states, rivers and their floodplains can convey water and sediment, filter sediment and pollutants, recharge and discharge groundwater, and act as giant sponges that absorb excess CO2 and water – all of which provide supportive habitat for...
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Water is Life, Rivers are Home

Amazon Watch
12/06/2016 at 21:57. Facebook
Brazil is forging ahead with plans to build a vast hydropower dam complex in the heart of the Amazon that would convert the now remote and wild Tapajós river system into a tamed industrial waterway for the purpose of transporting soybeans -- development that scientists and NGOs say will threaten Amazonian biodiversity, ecosystems, traditional livelihoods, indigenous cultures, and the global...
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Top Scientists: Amazon's Tapajós Dam Complex ''a Crisis in the Making''

Amazon Watch
12/06/2016 at 18:10. Facebook
The most effective way to stop this is to advance indigenous rights!

"According to a report from Washington Post, most of this clearing and deforestation could be attributed to illegal logging which is on-going within the area. As more and more trees are cut down, more and more CO2 are expected to be released into the atmosphere, turning the world into a place warmer than it used to be."

The Amazon Rainforest Is Being Destroyed at the Fastest Rate Ever

Amazon Watch
12/06/2016 at 05:48. Facebook
Check out the amazing 360 degree Toxic Tour and let's continue the fight together to save the Amazon from oil drilling!

Amazon Watch
12/05/2016 at 14:56. Facebook
Naomi Klein: "Indigenous water protectors are showing us how to fight back—and how to live again."

Time and again our allies in the Amazon have prevailed against oil companies. Not every fight is won, to be sure, but with every victory the entire movement gains strength.

#WaterProtecters #NoDAPL

The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win

Amazon Watch
12/04/2016 at 23:04. Facebook
Fantastic news! Respect for indigenous rights, sacred sites, the environment and THANK YOU to the many brave #WaterProtecters! #NoDAPL!

Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing

Amazon Watch
12/04/2016 at 18:23. Facebook
Richard Evans Schultes is often referred to as “the father of ethnobotany,” a field of study that focuses on indigenous cultures and their use of plants. A new online tool, by our friends at Amazon Conservation Team, lets anyone explore the Amazon rainforest along with him.

Q&A with the creators of the ‘Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes’ story map

Amazon Watch
12/03/2016 at 19:01. Facebook
"In the case of renewables, rapidly falling costs in recent years have been welcome, but in many cases subsidies are still needed to level the playing field with fossil-fuel alternatives that emit CO2 and other pollutants. But as technology costs continue to come down, and hopefully the environmental impacts of fossil fuel use is better reflected in pricing, more and more new renewable energy...
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Five ways to take action on climate change

Amazon Watch
12/02/2016 at 22:27. Facebook

The Kichwa people of Sarayaku challenged Ecuador before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights today for failing to comply with the Court's 2012 judgment that Ecuador had violated Sarayaku's rights in pursuing an oil extraction project without consulting with the community.

The project led to rights abuses by company workers and the military, violated the community's...
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Amazon Watch - Sarayaku Still Awaiting Justice

Amazon Watch
12/02/2016 at 16:10. Facebook
New interactive story map shows how oil concessions have directly affected #Sarayaku land, way of life, and ability to survive. It also helps demonstrates how Ecuador has continued to sell oil drilling licenses on Sarayaku territory, despite a 2012 Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling that any new oil plans be consulted with the community.

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Sarayaku: in defense of territory

Amazon Watch
12/02/2016 at 15:10. Facebook
Watch live now: Compliance hearing at Inter-American Court of Human Rights in case of Sarayaku Nation, which won a 2012 judgement against Ecuador for violating its rights to live and land.

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Amazon Watch
12/01/2016 at 20:21. Facebook
Amazon Watch travels to U'wa territory for the first time in nearly 20 years!

Over our twenty-year history, Amazon Watch has entered into many relationships with indigenous peoples across the Amazon. One of the first such relationships was with the U'wa people from Colombia. Since the initial visit to the U.S. of legendary U'wa spiritual leader Roberto Kuwaru'wa...
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Beautiful Solidarity: Our Historic Visit to U'wa Sacred Territory - Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch
12/01/2016 at 19:08. Facebook
The Shuar say their lands were taken from them without consultation or consent and given to Ecsa Ecuacorriente, a Chinese mining company.

For years, the Shuar have been fighting to halt the project, called El
Mirador, noting that it would “irreversibly damage the region’s fragile
ecosystem and violate the legal rights of indigenous peoples to live,
develop and control their land and territory."

The Struggle Between Ecuador’s Indigenous Shuar and the Mega-Mining Project That’s Displacing Them

NYTimes Retro Report video looks at protection of Brazilian Amazon since 1998 murder of environmental activist Chico Mendes.

Some things have changed for the better in the Brazilian Amazon, but much remains to be done to truly protect forest & forest guardians. For AW views on some of the challenges, check out this recent blog: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Thank you all for the wonderful #GivingTuesday support! We are only $1000 away from our $10,000 goal! All donations are doubled so we have almost raised $20,000 in honor of our 20th year of protecting the Amazon! Thank you! [ Amazonwatch.org Link ]