Supporting indigenous peoples. Protecting the Amazon. Join us for a visual journey through the most biodiverse place on the planet!
Manari and Gloria Ushigua are leaders of the Sapara people, whose ancestral territory lies in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Last week they were in the U.S. to make the link between the threat of oil drilling in their territory - which they believe will wipe out their nation of just 500 people - and U.S.-based financial institutions like JPMorgan Chase and oil refiners and sellers like Chevron. Though we may live far from the Amazon, our liberation from climate chaos and environmental injustice is linked to theirs! Learn more on amazonwatch.org.
As this young Sapara boy well knows, trees are for enjoying and celebrating!
At last week’s #terralivre mobilization in Brazil’s capital, indigenous peoples from around the country rallied in defense of their rights and territories, vowing to stand firm in the face of physical and political attacks against them. Read more about it on or blog!
Tomorrow, Chevron will be on trial in Canada as the victims of its toxic legacy in the Ecuadorian Amazon try once more to hold it accountable.
In a 2011 visit we took to the region, villagers from Taracoa took us to their cemetery, where some of the adults and children who suffered stomach ailments, lung problems, skin rashes, and even cancer after the spills, are buried.
These and other Amazonian indigenous women are meeting right now with Ecuador’s President. They won this meeting after occupying Quito’s central plaza for 5 days. They are demanding protection for their lives and their rainforest territories. ¡Fuerza mujeres!
Photos by @scornejor.
Yes! After days of occupying Quito’s central plaza, the #MujeresAmazonicas celebrate on the balcony of Ecuador’s presidential palace after securing a meeting with President @lenin next Thursday. Their demands will be heard!
Amazonian women are taking to the streets to demand respect for their rights and their territories!
Check out our latest story for info & a call to action!
Portraits of Power on #internationalwomensday: "As women we're fighting to conserve our rainforest which is being destroyed by oil companies and mining which contaminates our water.” -Nemo Andi, Vice-President of the Waorani Nationality of the Ecuadorian Amazon
In 2016, over 500 indigenous women from across the Ecuador Amazon marched for climate justice and indigenous rights on International Women’s Day. They’ll march again this Women’s Day, and again we’ll be with them. Check out website and twitter feed for updates.
The Amazon rainforest is an incredible interwoven web of biodiversity!
This beauty is a Victoria amazonica, photographed by @kathleen.vanoppen at the Museu da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil.
The huge ribbed floating leaves and their veining "like transverse girders and supports", was Paxton's inspiration for The Crystal Palace, a building four times the size of St. Peter's in Rome.