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.


08/24/2019 10:19 AMupdated: 08/27/2019 7:49 PM
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  • Ahuva A.
    01/17/2020 14:25


  • Diane F.
    12/28/2019 02:45 We have monsters ruining our beautiful earth. Vote them out. Stop being apathetic and vote the greedy corporate goons out!

  • Daniel G.
    09/30/2019 18:20

    U may loose a battle if u continue to fight u will win the war ur gods will fight with u

  • Damian N.
    09/30/2019 00:53


  • Damian N.
    09/30/2019 00:49

  • Leticia G.
    09/25/2019 02:55


  • Miguel R.
    09/23/2019 11:52

    Es muy cierto pinches blancos europeos sólo bine ron al continente americano aniquilar todo lo q es vida esos hijos d puta merecen cer quemados vivos ellos y toda su puta decente cía hijos d la chingada arriva nuestra raza nativas americanas

  • Adairis P.
    09/22/2019 13:32

    Amén. Yes, that's true.

  • Candy N.
    09/22/2019 10:09

    la tecnología es la muerte misma del planeta salven al planeta de la destrucción

  • Juan C.
    09/22/2019 07:55

    El amazona es para todos los que Dios puso en este mundo..

  • Nancy M.
    09/21/2019 22:38

    DRUM MADE FOR WONAN""hear. Play Dance for your dreams of ...

  • Sandra T.
    09/21/2019 18:05

    Lutem , vocês são guerreiros

  • Maria E.
    09/20/2019 22:37

    Cada gobierno de turno depreda tala indiscriminada por la ambición del oro negro contamina grandes afuentes fluviales que luego llegan al mar caso rio amazonas rio pastaza las grandes petroleras que han hecho llevarse todo destruir y dejar sin hábitat a las comunidades flora y fauna contaminada los hobierno de turno se venden a cambio de poder económico cuando no exista nada de naturaleza de que vivira el hombre

  • Doris A.
    09/18/2019 22:26


  • Connie P.
    09/18/2019 14:34

    Keep fighting

  • Gloria M.
    09/18/2019 06:52

  • Gloria M.
    09/18/2019 06:52

    Watch their movie

  • Ojos N.
    09/16/2019 21:17

    [email protected] podemos salvar no solo el Amamazonas sino el mundo. Somos mas los buenos y vamos a ganar por la vida de [email protected]

  • Lizbeth B.
    09/16/2019 18:52


  • Roberto M.
    09/16/2019 16:49

    Y todo para que, para el beneficio de unas cuantas familias sin conciencia. Corruptos ambiciosos.