The situation is especially bad in the northwest Amazon. News of José Antún’s death in Ecuador follows the September killing of four Peruvian indigenous anti-logging activists near the Brazil border.
The video and petition call for an end to Amazon oil drilling, stating “the science is clear: we have to keep two-thirds of fossil fuels in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change”.
For example, Peru has leased out 60 percent of its share of Amazon rainforest as oil and gas concessions. This huge swathe of open-for-development land overlaps 70 percent of all indigenous communities in the nation.
Brazilian authorities have suspended the auction of the centerpiece of the massive Tapajós hydroelectric complex, reports Agência Brasil.
Episode two features the Cofan Tribe in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest and their fight to protect their land and water from oil pollution.
Frustrated by the government’s lack of action to keep illegal loggers out of the Alto Turiacu Indian territory, local warriors from several tribes have taken it upon themselves to find logging camps, destroy equipment, and drive out the unwelcome intruders.
A new technology being developed by Wake Forest researchers could help reverse the devastating effects of deforestation and mining on the world’s largest rainforest.
The Munduruku community says that if the Brazilian government moves ahead with its plan to build several dams near the Tapajós River in the Amazon, its group will disappear.
A ruptured pipeline that spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Marañón River in late June is fueling concerns about potential health impacts for a small indigenous community, reports Environmental Health News.
An isolated indigenous tribe in the Amazon Rainforest has made its first contact with mainstream society, according to the Brazilian government’s Indian affairs department, FUNAI.