Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Fwd: Eye on the Amazon: People Power Unites!

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From: Amazon Watch <news@amazonwatch.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:08:28 -0500
Subject: Eye on the Amazon: People Power Unites!
To: andy lowe <dafthermit@gmail.com>

EYE ON THE AMAZON - NOVEMBER 2011

Dear andy,

It's an exciting time to be on the planet, working for a more just and
harmonious world. As we enter the season of "Thanksgiving," it's important
to reflect on all the positive change brought about by peoples' movements in
2011: From the indigenous movement in Bolivia where a 65-day march forced
the cancellation of a new road in the rainforest, to the environmental
movement that forced the delay of the Keystone XL pipeline, to the local
communities of the Xingu River in Brazil who briefly occupied the Belo Monte
Dam site, to the occupy movement around the world inspired by the movement
for an Arab Spring, it continues to be an amazing year of hopeful change.

The planetary challenges we face require rapid and fundamental shifts that
can only happen by joining together a diverse mosaic of movements. We invite
you to join Amazon Watch in standing with the indigenous peoples movement in
critical battles for justice and ecological balance. As we move into the
holiday season, we ask you to consider a year-end donation and to
explore other ways you can support our work, while making green energy
and financial choices at the same time.

For the Earth and Future Generations,

Atossa Soltani
Executive Director


OCCUPY BELO MONTE!

Brazil Campaigner Christian Poirier sends this dispatch from the field after
witnessing a daring occupation of the massive Belo Monte Dam work camp and
Trans-Amazon highway led by a coalition of indigenous peoples, local
farmers, fisher folk, and members of social movements. On October 27th,
protests paralyzed work on a portion of the dam complex, sending a strong
signal that there is widespread resistance to the federal government's plans
to bulldoze the Xingu River and their rights.

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HOST A MESSAGE FROM PANDORA HOUSE PARTY!

In solidarity with the Xingu Alive Forever Movement (MXVPS) in the Brazilian
Amazon, Amazon Watch is organizing international house parties to support
the battle to defend the Xingu River and the rights of local communities. We
invite you to join us to harness the power of this critical moment to
support those fighting to stop the Belo Monte Dam! Join caring people from
around the world in organizing A Message from Pandora house party
fundraiser to help raise critical funds and awareness. We'll provide videos
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18 YEARS OF FIGHTING CHEVRON

This month marks 18 years since the start of the landmark legal battle to
hold Chevron (formerly Texaco) accountable for nearly 50 years of reckless
pump and dump oil operations in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The company's
operations led to abandoned oil pits still littered throughout the
rainforest, billions of gallons of toxic wastewater dumped into rivers and
streams, noxious flaring gases rising into the sky, towering black plumes of
smoke from burning crude, and a public health crisis racking indigenous and
mestizo farmer communities, including cancer, spontaneous miscarriages, and
birth defects. In recognition of 18 years of fighting for justice, the Cofán
recorded this heartfelt song for you.

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A TRIBUTE TO OUR INDIGENOUS PARTNERS

Delve into the lives of the indigenous rainforest guardians who call the
Amazon their home and who know the forests intimately in this three-part
series, The Privilege of Working with Indigenous Rainforest Guardians.
Amazon Watch volunteer Hank Edson illuminates the critical importance of
making the foundation of our activism a strong partnership with the
indigenous peoples who still retain an authentic, sustainable connection to
the ecosystems we hope to save, nurture and preserve.

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BOLIVIAN INDIGENOUS MARCH A SUCCESS

In response to indigenous protests, last month Bolivian President Evo
Morales canceled a controversial road project slated to slice through the
pristine TIPNIS rainforest reserve. The road's cancellation illustrates the
growing power of indigenous movements on the continent. Over the course of
65 days, marchers braved cold, fatigue and even violent police repression.
Undeterred, they garnered increasing national and international support as
they walked to the country's capital La Paz and met with President Morales,
eventually winning the cancellation of the road.

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ARTICULATE BELO MONTE

MYOO – the team led by explorer David de Rothschild who brought us the
Plastiki project – is now on the ground with Amazon Watch in Brazil on an
expedition combining art, ecology and adventure to give nature a voice and
help stop the Belo Monte Dam.

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PACHA'S PAJAMAS GIVEAWAY!

Limited time FREE download of this acclaimed children's eBook addressing
nature's rights. Hannah Montana meets Dora the Explorer with an educational
message, and there's a fantastic soundtrack featuring Mos Def and Talib
Kweli for big kids, too.

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