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The Amazon: Thirst for justice: New Internationalist May 1991
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1991
A look at the people who inhabit the Amazon rainforest, mainly focused on Brazil. Discussion of how the locals manage their environment and why many are migrating to urban centres.
The Amazon tribe protecting the forest with bows, arrows, GPS and camera traps
Watts, Jonathan
Article
2015
With authorities ineffective, the 2,200-strong Ka'apor, in the Brazilian state of Maranhão, are taking on the illegal loggers with technology and direct action. Now the Ka'apor are seeking support thr...
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Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on South America.
Dam the Rivers, Damn the People: Development and Resistance in Amazonian Brazil
Cummings, Barbara J.
Book
1990
Cummings describes Amazonia as a colony whose resources are exploited by and 'exported' to the country's industrial south. As a result of the encroachment on their rainforest land, the peoples of Amaz...
Fight for the Forest: Chico Mendes in His Own Words
Mendes, Chico; Gross, Tony
Book
Chico Mendes talks of his life's work in his last major interview. He recalls the rubber tappers' campaign against forest clearances and their struggle to develop sustainable alternatives for the Amaz...
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Mann, Charles. C.
Book
2005
A portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus.
Illegal loggers remain hidden in Peru's forest but timber finds global buyers
Collyns, Dan
Article
2014
State exercises little control over remote Amazon region blighted by poverty and illiteracy, and organised crime fills the vacuum.
The Last Frontier: Fighting Over Land in the Amazon
Branford, Sue; Glock, Oriel
Book
This richly detailed study of the Amazon region spells out the mismanagement, corruption, and resulting chaos and brutality of successive Brazilian government development schemes. The present situatio...
Legal Ruling Will Allow Rain Forest Indigenous Peoples to Pursue Chevron in Canada
Escobar, Santiago
Article
2014
Ontario Court of Appeal says communities of Ecuador affected by Chevron can enforce Ecuadorian rulings in Canada.
Occupy Amazonia? Indigenous activists are taking direct action - and it's working
Brightman, Marc
Article
2015
The native peoples of the Amazon are employing the tactics of the Occupy movement against oil companies, gold miners and illegal loggers. Lacking the protection of the state, they fight their own batt...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 26, 2016: Forests and trees
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
For countless centuries, forests, and the trees in them, have been seen as sources of life, livelihood, and spiritual meaning. For capitalism, however, forests are sites of extraction and profit-makin...
Rebuilding communities: a type of resistance: Communities in the Amazon resort to constitutional rights to recover territories granted to mining companies.
Saavedra, Luis Ángel
Article
2014
In Tundayme, a parish located in the Cordillera del Cóndor in Ecuador's southern Amazon, the indigenous and peasant communities have decided to recover the territories of abandoned or forcefully evict...
Rumble in the jungle
Carroll, Rory
Article
2009
Could Peru's uncontacted Amazonian tribes be wiped out by oil giants? Not if they don't exist.
Selling Modernity: How Global Greenwashing is Destroying Tribal People
Dickens, Amy
Article
2015
The Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport (APECO) in Casiguran, the Philippines, is a 12,923 hectare area currently being developed into a self-sufficient commercial hub and special economic zone....
Viva Yasuni! Life vs Big Oil: New Internationalist July 2008
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2008
A look at the Yasuni rainforest in Ecuador and its imminent destruction by oil companies.
When oil is more important than life: Oil exploitation leaves trail of pollution and death in the Peruvian Amazon
Moiola, Paolo
Article
2014
The dumping of oil waste into the waters of the Marañón, Corrientes, Pastaza and Tigre rivers and the Amazon forest is producing fatal consequences for the local population, mostly to the Kukama ethni...
The World Without Us
Weisman, Alan
Book
2007
A thought experiment to see what would happen to the planet if human beings simply disappeared.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Earthrights International
ERI is a nonprofit group of activists, organizers, and lawyers with expertise in human rights, the environment, and corporate and government accountability. ERI has offices in the U.S. and Southeast A...
Greenpeace Canada
Active in a wide variety of environmental campaigns, Greenpeace is effective at educating the public through creative, non-violent direct actions, researching alternatives to destructive practices and...

Sources Library

Amazon defenders face death or exile
Phillips, Tom
2012
Ordinary Brazilians who report illegal logging face threats to their lives.
Dirty Water, Dirtier Practices
Ecuador's Battle with Texaco's Legacy Pollution
Ospina, Hernando Calvo
2014
Texaco (now owned by Chevron) left polluted soil and ground water after 20 years of oil extraction in the Amazon in Ecuador. The legal claims and counter-claims over responsibility and reparation cont...
World's conservation hopes rest on Ecuador's revolutionary Yasuni model
Watts, Jonathan
2012
A plan to preserve the most biodiverse region on Earth from oil exploitation has put Yasuni national park at the frontline of a global battle between living systems and fossil fuels. But enthusiasm is...