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Indigenous Women are Fighting to Save the Amazon

"Our fight isn't only for the Waorani people, but for all nationalities, and the world that is breathing the air." Meet the indigenous women leading the fight to save the Amazon rainforest.

Indigenous people fighting so others like them can win their fights

Our fight isn’t only for the Waorani people, but for all nationalities, and the world that is breathing the air. These indigenous women are fighting to protect their home — the Amazon rainforest. Waorani leader Nemonte Nenquimo and Kofan leader Alexandra Narvaez are from Ecuador. They’ve led historic legal victories against oil drilling and gold mining that’s protected their ancestral Amazon territory. Nenquimo and Narvaez say they’re devastated about the fires burning the Amazon in Brazil, having just returned from the first Indigenous Women’s March denouncing the pro-development policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

“The greatest threat for us is mining. because I’ve heard that Sinangoe is full of mines, Sinangoe is full of gold. And that’s why large companies from other countries want to enter our territory, to take out the gold. We want our territory to be respected. No more threats, no more mining. If they cut our trees, contaminate our water, what are we left with? As women of the Amazon, we will never be quiet. We will keep talking. We will keep pronouncing. We will keep using our voices that should be respected,”

Since Bolsonaro took office in January 2019, there have been over 72,000 fires in Brazil — 85% more than in 2018. Environmentalists say the surge is due to farmers clearing land for agricultural use, emboldened by Bolsonaro’s pro-development policies. The Amazon is the largest remaining tropical rainforest and produces 20% of the world’s oxygen. It helps regulate the planet’s temperature. In April 2019, Nenquimo and the Waorani people won a landmark court ruling against the Ecuadorian government which protected half a million acres of rainforest from oil drilling. In 2018, Narvaez and her Sinangoe community also won a victory against the government —saving 79,000 acres of rainforest and thehhhhg Aguarico River from gold mining.

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08/24/2019 10:19 AMupdated: 08/27/2019 7:49 PM

132 comments

  • Ville K.
    12/25/2020 14:10

    People take map and look up how much trees are at north

  • Gabrielle N.
    08/28/2020 09:59

    Salviamo le foreste

  • Julio A.
    09/12/2019 13:38

    Vivan la Amazonas

  • Hilda Q.
    09/11/2019 02:32

    We need the Amazon forest

  • AL O.
    09/09/2019 15:25

    These people on here are the sheep of the popualas.. cry wolf continuley!!..its your politicans doing this..not ranchers!

  • AL O.
    09/09/2019 15:03

    Lina..god wants us to evolve too!

  • Judy G.
    09/09/2019 02:36

    We are one 🙏🏻

  • Ranjit K.
    09/08/2019 16:59

    The forest, the sky above your head and the smell of the soil in which you live all belongs to you sister, am always with you.

  • Tania M.
    09/07/2019 19:19

    Viva la vida el universo nuestros animales Espiritual son todos hijos de Dios , los están matando vasta de muertes , si al aire sin contaminación . Si no tenemos recursos naturales no vivimos estamos muriendo por culpa de gente ,ignorante viva la vida justicia ,justicia. Saludos a los queridos indígenas ,y hermanos indios , namaste namaste

  • Samira F.
    09/06/2019 05:30

    Bolsonario no sabe lo que es conciencia

  • Samira F.
    09/06/2019 05:28

    Recen para que se acabe de morir ese ladrón brasileño

  • Betsy L.
    09/04/2019 13:44

    .

  • Pawan K.
    09/03/2019 13:12

    Like

  • Leah A.
    09/03/2019 08:03

    Women of the world must collectivise, and hold circle to heal the wounds of Mother Earth 🙏🏾

  • Corrine C.
    09/01/2019 02:05

    God have mercy on us!!! Forgive us Lord we know not what we are doing. This world is yours and we are destroying it!!! Bless these strong Woman to fight Amen.

  • Dehinz J.
    08/31/2019 17:38

    And UN quiet again.

  • Jovina G.
    08/31/2019 05:11

    They won half million acres, what happen to the other half?

  • Brett M.
    08/31/2019 00:07

    It’s too late already 20% gone right? They want ranch land to raise cattle. Let’s take lots of pictures before it’s gone

  • Joe W.
    08/30/2019 16:32

    What a breath of fresh air to see this company's public stance for global justice of late. I hope more corporations follow suit-as it is the greed of global corporatism that got us here, along with racism and sexism. (Still my favorite smelling deodorant too. I just wish you made a toxin free version...)

  • Saumyajit B.
    08/30/2019 04:41

    Only time Brut has posted something nice

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