Places Archives: South America

Uncontacted tribe’s land invaded and destroyed for beef production

This article originally appeared in Survival International. Featured image: Piripkura men Baita and Tamandua, photographed during an encounter with a FUNAI unit. The two men, who are uncle and nephew, have had sporadic interactions with the local FUNAI team, but returned to live in the forest. © Bruno Jorge New overflight photos have revealed that the land of one … Continue reading Uncontacted tribe’s land invaded and destroyed for beef production

This Amazon dam is supposed to provide clean energy, but it’s destroying livelihoods and unique species

This story first appeared in The Conversation. By Brian Garvey and Sonia Magalhaes. The Volta Grande region of the Amazon is a lush, fertile zone supplied by the Xingu River, whose biodiverse lagoons and islands have earned its designation as a priority conservation area by Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment. But a recent decision by the Federal Regional … Continue reading This Amazon dam is supposed to provide clean energy, but it’s destroying livelihoods and unique species

Indigenous cultural revival and re-enchantment with nature: the journey of the Colombian Muysca people

This story first appeared at Rapid Transition Alliance. By Matt Rendell This story weaves the indigenous cultural revival of the Muysca people of Suba in Colombia, together with the transition to more sustainable living. It is contributed by award-winning author Matt Rendell who spoke with Muysca social activists and grew to know the community through his work as … Continue reading Indigenous cultural revival and re-enchantment with nature: the journey of the Colombian Muysca people

Brazil farming co-op carves a sustainable path through agribusiness stronghold

This story first appeared in Mongabay. By Shanna Hanbury Coopcerrado, a farmer’s cooperative of 5,000 families, won the United Nations’ Equator Prize under the category of “New Nature Economies” due to its more than two decades of work in developing a farmer-to-farmer model of mutual support for training, commercializing and setting up organic and regenerative … Continue reading Brazil farming co-op carves a sustainable path through agribusiness stronghold

Brazil court upholds ban on missionaries trying to contact isolated Indigenous

This story first appeared in Mongabay. by Fernanda Wenzel Brazil’s highest court has upheld a ban on missionaries entering reserves that are home to isolated and recently contacted Indigenous people during the pandemic. The decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Indigenous organizations against a law passed in July 2020 that allowed missionaries to … Continue reading Brazil court upholds ban on missionaries trying to contact isolated Indigenous

Our Health Depends on Indigenous Botanical Knowledge and Plants That Are Rapidly Being Destroyed

This article originally appeared in Common Dreams. The decline is one of the effects of the industrial modernization that is supposed to have brought increasing comfort, health, and advanced knowledge into our lives. By JOHN BUELL Southwest Harbor, Maine (Special to Informed Comment) – While mainstream media celebrate the remarkable development in record time of vaccines … Continue reading Our Health Depends on Indigenous Botanical Knowledge and Plants That Are Rapidly Being Destroyed

Indigenous Environmental Defenders Shut Down Peruvian Crude Oil Pipeline

This article originally appeared in Common Dreams. By JULIA CONLEY “Not a single drop of oil is going to come out of the Amazon until the government takes care of us,” said campaigners. Demanding stronger social and environmental support in northern Peru’s Loreto region, about 200 Indigenous protesters on Wednesday announced a strike two days … Continue reading Indigenous Environmental Defenders Shut Down Peruvian Crude Oil Pipeline

Ayoreo appeal to Inter-American Commission to save their forest from destruction

This article originally appeared in Survival International. Featured image: The Ayoreo have previously blocked the trans-Chaco Highway to draw attention to government inaction over the destruction of their forest. © GAT/ Survival The survival of the last uncontacted tribe in South America outside the Amazon is at stake. Indigenous people living in a South American forest with one … Continue reading Ayoreo appeal to Inter-American Commission to save their forest from destruction

Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam: Greenwashing contested (commentary)

This article originally appeared on Mongabay.  Editor’s note: DGR stands in strong solidarity with indigenous peoples worldwide. We acknowledge that they are victims of the largest genocide in human history, which is ongoing. Wherever indigenous cultures have not been completely destroyed or assimilated, they stand as relentless defenders of the landbases and natural communities which … Continue reading Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam: Greenwashing contested (commentary)

Why Today’s Bright Green Environmentalists Won’t Save the Planet

By Lierre Keith, Derrick Jensen, and Max Wilbert “The beauty of the living world I was trying to save has always been uppermost in my mind,” Rachel Carson wrote.“That, and anger at the senseless, brutish things that were being done.” Silent Spring, which inspired the modern environmental movement, was more than a critique of pesticides, … Continue reading Why Today’s Bright Green Environmentalists Won’t Save the Planet