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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.

Brut.

08/24/2019 10:19 AMupdated: 08/27/2019 7:49 PM
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  • Brut
    08/24/2019 02:02

    Special thanks to .

  • Baban I.
    08/24/2019 11:16

    Wonder

  • Keith S.
    08/24/2019 11:26

    Don’t know wats going on but why distroy a beautiful land like the Amazon shameful

  • Richard E.
    08/24/2019 11:43

    THEIR PRESIDENT BOLSONOROS DID ALL THIS TO TAKE INDIGONOS LANDS AND PROPERTY FOE MINERAL RIGHTS . HE MUST HAVE A SCRIPT FROM TRUMP ON HOW TO GET WEALTH . THEY NO CARE HOW MANY THEY KILL OR DESTROYY.

  • Gabriela L.
    08/24/2019 12:53

    Holy jesus. I love these women

  • Carol B.
    08/24/2019 12:59

    Totally Amen too this & Thank All Of You for trying too save Our Planet , I Pray You Succeed

  • Rosie M.
    08/24/2019 14:22

    its disgraceful the government lost their case in court, So they took the law into their own hands and decided to burn these people off their lands. just as AMERICA has done to the true AMERICANS Indian people..

  • Brut
    08/24/2019 14:38

    For more on what Amazon Frontlines is doing to fight the fires in the Brazilian Amazon: https://www.amazonfrontlines.org/donate/brazil/

  • Decian M.
    08/24/2019 16:06

    Why destroy a place like the Amazon These leaders R Heartless Human beans

  • Marcela O.
    08/24/2019 16:53

    Me gusta la lucha de las mujeres

  • Lina C.
    08/24/2019 17:01

    This does not only affect them but all of us. We are blessed with a beautiful planet and should do our more than best to take care of it even if we are only here for a short time. This will affect generations to come. God must be so disappointed in us.

  • Prakash T.
    08/24/2019 17:01

    🤦‍♂️

  • Colleen F.
    08/24/2019 17:31

    God Bless you and people and your country !

  • Carlés B.
    08/24/2019 17:38

    Things are going to change

  • Edgar T.
    08/24/2019 17:59

    Why the world is running to help stop the fires in rhe rain forest confounds me. I guess we will respond once people start dying from lack of oxygen. I think the less oxygen in the atmosphere contributes to most dramatic weather changes. My 2 cents.

  • Islombek R.
    08/24/2019 18:43

    🙋‍♂️

  • Gilbert H.
    08/24/2019 18:58

    AND THE MONEY HUNGRY DEVIL'S KEEP DESTROYING OUR MOTHER EARTH HOW MUCH CAN SHE TAKE ! SO SAD TO SEE!!

  • Manuel A.
    08/24/2019 19:02

    La amazonía es un pulmón del mundo

  • Sandra T.
    08/24/2019 19:36

    Support, organization, leadership and empowerment, key qualities to save the Ecuadorian Amazon, I am proud of these women, proud to be Ecuadorian. The protection of natural resources must and should always be a matter of global importance.

  • Dedy R.
    08/24/2019 20:09

    Hi Brut !!