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This is our friend and partner Patricia Gualinga. She’s Kichwa of Sarayaku, Ecuador, and a world-renowned voice for indigenous land rights and the urgent need to keep fossil fuels in the ground in the Amazon and around the world.
Last week rocks were thrown at her house and the assailant yelled death threats at her. More info is on our website. This is the kind of danger that those who work to defend indigenous rights and the environment are facing.
The Achuar of Peru have successfully kicked three oil companies out of their territory in recent years, and now they’re gearing up for fight #4: Chile-based GeoPark is aiming to start drilling there soon.
We visited them in October and they reiterated their intention to protect their territory this time, too. And we’ll stand with them.
On the 10th anniversary of #UNDRIP, we celebrate the progress made and call to mind the work left to be done to truly achieve full respect for #indigenousrights.
In this photo, indigenous peoples from around Brazil rally at Rio’s Flamengo Beach in 2012. They gather d there during the Rio +20 summit to promote the importance of free-running rivers, truly clean energy sources like solar power and including indigenous knowledge as part of the solution to climate issues. The activity was led by Brazil’s many indigenous peoples organized under the umbrella of the Articulation of Brazilian Indigenous Peoples.
Photo by @carobennett
Brazil's indigenous peoples know well the meaning of the world #resistance. For centuries, they have resisted assaults on their rights and territories, like these indigenous people of the Xingú River basin protested the Belo Monte dam in 2012.
Today, too, indigenous peoples in Brazil are resisting new attempts to attack their rights and territories, rollbacks led by the country's agribusiness sector and green-lighted by the current president.
Learn more at amazonwatch.org
This #indigenousday, Amazon Watch honors our brave indigenous partners who every day defend their rights, land, and our climate. ..
Despite the rain, in 2016 this U'wa woman and hundreds of other U'wa and local communities peacefully occupied a gas plant that the Colombian government installed on U'wa ancestral territory in the cloud forests of the Andean-Amazon border region. ..
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This cutie is a squirrel monkey. Though found throughout the tropical forests of Central and South America, this one was photographed in the Ecuadorian Amazon by @kathleen.vanoppen.
Squirrel monkeys don't use their tails as a 5th limb like many monkeys from the region, but they do use them like balancing poles. --
Sápara children walk through the outskirts of their village deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Our colleague took this photo during a trip in April with @empoweredbylight, during which we helped the Sápara install solar energy and communications systems to power their resistance to oil drilling in their ancestral territory.
Gloria Ushigua, a leader of the Sápara people of the Ecuadorian Amazon, speaks before delivering a letter from the Sápara to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. The letter demands that state-run oil company Andes Peteoleum cancel plans to drill on Sápara territory. If drilling happens, the Sápara and their rainforest homes face massive destruction.
You can take action solidarity here: http://www.ienearth.org/defend-the-sapara-people/
In the distance you can see the Achuar village of Kuyuntsa on the Manchari River in the Peruvian Amazon.
The Achuar have been protecting their ancestry territory for millennia, most recently defending it from oil drilling by a Canadian company then known as Talisman. Today, a new company, Geopark, wants to drill on the territory - and the Achuar have pledged to continue to protect their forests and rivers.
"There's no solution to #ClimateChange that doesn't include protecting the #AmazonRainforest." Our Director Leila Salazar-López explains why your support of Amazon Watch is so critical for the rainforest, its peoples, and the global climate.
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On #worldrefugeeday we honor the indigenous peoples who have been or will be displaced from their homes as the result of industrial development projects on their ancestral territory.
The men pictured are from some of the 18 indigenous ethnicities of the Xingu that participated in a 2011 gathering organized to coordinate resistance to the Belo Monte dam. Now that the dam construction has moved ahead, Xingu peoples are at risk of forced migration due to the irreparable damage being done to the water and forest systems in which they rely for survival.
The enormous circular leaves of the Amazonian giant water lily (Victoria amazonica), which can reach over 2.5m across, are anchored by long stalks arising from an underground stem buried in the mud of the riverbottom. The leaves first appear as spiny heads but expand rapidly up to half square meter per day. This one was photographed by @kathleen.vanoppen near Manaus, Brazil.
This is Sônia Bone Guajajara, the national coordinator of Brazil's Association of Indigenous Peoples (APIB) and tireless spokeswoman for the country's indigenous movement. She hails from a Guajajara village in the state of Maranhão. Today Sônia regularly confronts her adversaries from Brazil's ruralista agribusiness bloc face-to-face, steadfastly pushing back against their manifold attacks on indigenous rights.
Read more about Sônia's work and the Brazilian government's severe rollbacks on indigenous rights and environmental protections on our website.