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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

198 comments

  • Babu K.
    08/31/2021 16:36

    👍

  • Dora A.
    01/29/2021 16:57

    #007 #NOW #New #World #Order #ADA #Law #Blind #DOG #Out #NOW #New #World #Order #ADA #Law #911

  • Ahuva A.
    01/17/2020 14:25

    😪

  • Diane F.
    12/28/2019 02:45

    https://www.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2019/06/california-residents-deliver-90000-comments-opposing-trump-s-drilling-plan We have monsters ruining our beautiful earth. Vote them out. Stop being apathetic and vote the greedy corporate goons out!

  • 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

  • சிதம்பரம் த.
    09/08/2019 15:50

    Sorry sister, this world is operated by greed's and selfish idiots. Their main job is to destroy all natives in the world and grab their land resources.

  • Lydia G.
    09/08/2019 03:53

    solidarity

  • Alecs T.
    09/05/2019 10:57

    Send n arrow with curare to Bolsonaro

  • Taran S.
    09/04/2019 18:37

    Feyrouz Ashoura

  • Anatalia B.
    09/04/2019 02:34

    No Man can stop the Mother Nature.

  • Anatalia B.
    09/04/2019 02:33

    Every 2000 years 7 SCROLL OF GOD is open.

  • Benjamin B.
    09/03/2019 18:27

    Good job to these indigenous women for protecting the amazon

  • Krissy P.
    09/03/2019 13:49

    Please Respect

  • Paul H.
    09/03/2019 05:59

    No one took any notice 50 years ago. Now suffer the consequences. The world is in slaved by the bottom line. Profits before people. Happening with Palm Oil Plantations, as well. You people want your beautiful houses and your fancy cars high paying jobs. The result is world wide environmental destruction. What sarifices are westerners really willing to make.All talk no action.

  • Wava L.
    09/02/2019 23:44

    Keep fighting

  • Gorib D.
    09/01/2019 07:16

    🙏✊💚💚💚💚💚✌

  • Kary S.
    09/01/2019 06:49

    Bendiciones y gracias

  • Tiara B.
    09/01/2019 00:38

    Wow that's so sad yes we should all fight with these women it's all of our fight. Please protect our rain forests in Brazil it is so very importanted! 😪

  • Franklin F.
    08/31/2019 21:46

    Bolsonaro is just a puppet

  • Μάνος Κ.
    08/31/2019 19:43

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2221271551333101&id=100003508322143

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