This #worldindigenousday, we’re honoring the indigenous #EarthDefenders who, despite threats and attacks, continue to defend their rights and nature. Along with @amnistiaamericas, @fundacion_pachamama, CEDHU and Acción Ecológica we launched an initiative calling on Ecuador’s president to take concrete action to keep them safe. Go to amazonwatch.org/escazu to take action!
We have great news! Amazon Watch is the newest organization to be selected for CREDO Mobile support. We have a chance to raise over $100,000 for our work to defend the Amazon, our global climate, and the rights of indigenous peoples!
To do so, we need ALL our friends and allies to VOTE online and SHARE the ballot in July. How much money CREDO allocates to our work depends upon how many votes we get this month. Link in image and bio.
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.
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.