“We’ve made the first big step towards being fossil fuel-free – the government should learn from us.”
– Juan Carlos Ruiz, Sápara community leader
We have long worked to advance the rights of indigenous peoples and support their efforts to defend their lives, land, and culture.
Now, thanks to a partnership with Empowered by Light, we are also able to respond to the call from our indigenous community partners for greater independence from fossil fuels, inter-community organizing capacity, ability to communicate with the outside world, and monitoring mechanisms. These tools are key as they endeavor to implement their own forms of sustainable development, community visions, and territorial and cultural defense throughout the Amazon.
This is a new, important direction for Amazon Watch and our partners, and one you’ll be hearing more about in the future.