Places Archives: Brazil

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

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

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

Uncontacted Tribes’ Territories Burning As Amazon Fires Spread

Communal house of uncontacted Indians inside the Uru Eu Wau Wau territory, photographed in 2005. © Rogério Vargas Motta/IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources). Survival International / October 14, 2020 The survival of several uncontacted tribes is now at risk after fires were set inside their territories. Activists have described this year’s … Continue reading Uncontacted Tribes’ Territories Burning As Amazon Fires Spread

My Message to the Western World: Your Civilization is Killing Life on Earth

We Indigenous people are fighting to save the Amazon, but the whole planet is in trouble because you do not respect it by Nemonte Nenquimo / Originally published in The Guardian, Oct. 12 2020 Featured image: Waorani leader Nemonte Nenquimo shows evidence of crude oil contamination in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. Photograph: Mitch Anderson … Continue reading My Message to the Western World: Your Civilization is Killing Life on Earth

Biologists Warn ‘Extinction Denial’ Is The Latest Anti-Science Conspiracy Theory

In this article Mike Shanahan describes how the denial of extinction crisis ignores widespread, scientific evidence. Featured Image: Ross Sokolovski via Unsplash There’s a growing refusal by some groups to acknowledge the ongoing global extinction crisis being driven by human actions, conservation scientists say. These views are pushed by many of the same people who … Continue reading Biologists Warn ‘Extinction Denial’ Is The Latest Anti-Science Conspiracy Theory