Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems.

Releases by this organization

Newswire article
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Tested, Cost-effective, and Practical: Secure Community Land Rights Can Help Protect the Earth and Prevent the Climate Crisis
Research shows that Indigenous Peoples and local communities are the best guardians of their customary lands and forests. For generations, these communities have managed and conserved the resources on which we all depend, yet they enjoy legal recognition to just one-fifth of what is rightfully...
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Friday, February 03, 2017
Over 700,000 People Demand Banks Stop Financing the Dakota Access Pipeline
Over 700,000 people have signed one of six petitions demanding that the banks financing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) remove their support of the project. The figure includes individuals who collectively report having over US$2.3 billion invested in these banks through checking, mortgage, and...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Ecuador Moves To Close Leading Environmental Organization as Part of Crackdown on Civil Society
Ecuador's Environment Ministry announced yesterday its intention to shutter Acción Ecológica, the country's leading grassroots environmental organization. The move is a clear reprisal to the group's efforts to raise awareness about environmental and indigenous rights concerns over a planned mega-...
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Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Oil Production Begins at Controversial Amazon Drilling Project
Tomorrow, Ecuadorian state oil company Petroamazonas will produce the first barrel of commercial crude from the ITT (Ishpingo, Tambococha, Tiputini) fields that lie beneath Yasuní National Park, an area that some scientists have called the most biodiverse rainforest on Earth. Much of the oil will...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Chevron CEO and Board Confronted for Lying To Shareholders, SEC and Public at Annual Shareholder Meeting
After six years as Chevron CEO and Chair of the Board John Watson has been unable to resolve major shareholder unrest over his leadership. In one of its strongest rebukes to date, thirty percent of Chevron shareholders representing $57.6 billion of assets under management sent a clear message to...
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Monday, May 23, 2016
Affected Peoples from Ecuador and Richmond To Confront Chevron Management at Annual Shareholder Meeting
On May 24th , at the headquarters of the Amazon Watch, representatives of communities affected by Chevron environmental destruction and disregard for human rights will announce plans to return to Chevron’s Annual Shareholders Meeting the following morning in San Ramon, CA. Speakers are from a...
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Newswire article
Friday, May 20, 2016
Chevron CEO Faces Pressure Cooker Over Ecuador, Climate Change at Shareholder Meeting
Chevron's unprecedented $11 billion pollution liability in Ecuador and its refusal to address climate change are set to dominate the company's annual meeting as CEO John Watson faces increasing pressure from his own shareholders, court rulings, and environmental groups who are accusing the company...
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Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Over Five Hundred Indigenous Women of the Amazon and Allies March for Climate Justice, Indigenous Rights on International Women's Day
In recognition of International Women's Day, Indigenous Amazonian women leaders of seven nationalities including: Andoa, Achuar, Kichwa, Shuar, Shiwiar, Sapara and Waorani nationalities and their international allies took action in Puyo, Ecuador, in a forum and march in defense of the Amazon,...
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Newswire article
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Amazonian "Canoe of Life" Brings Indigenous Rights Message to COP21
At a sunrise ceremony on the Canal de la Villette in central Paris, representatives of the Kichwa community of Sarayaku from the rainforests of Ecuador announced the arrival of a hand-carved 30-foot long traditional Amazonian canoe. The 10,000 km journey, three months in the making, marks the first...
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Human Rights Groups Denounce Chevron CEO John Watson Over Citizenship Honor
More than 35 environmental and human rights groups are denouncing the San Francisco Commonwealth Club's decision to bestow Chevron CEO John Watson with a citizenship award slated to be presented April 2nd at its annual gala. Many of the nation's leading environmental and human rights advocates are...
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