Defending Indigenous Rights, the Amazon & Climate
6:30 pm Doors open, light bites, wine and guayusa tea, provided
7:00 pm Program begins
Amazon Watch invites you to a meet & greet reception and panel discussion with Amazonian indigenous leaders taking part in the 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, moderated by our Executive Director Leila Salazar-López. Join us for an evening of voices of traditional song, resistance, solutions and opportunities to take action and make a lasting impact to protect the Amazon, indigenous rights and the climate.
Featuring: “Women Defenders of the Amazon Against Extraction,” Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa from Sarayaku) and Catalina Chumpi (Shuar), as well as Ronald Suarez, of Coshikox, Council of Self-Governance of the Shipibo, Conibo, Xetebo People of Peru.
50% of the proceeds from every ticket purchased will be donated to Amazon Watch.
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Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa from Sarayaku, Ecuadorian Amazon), President of Fundacion Tiam and 2019 recipient of the Brote Environmental Activism Award for her leadership in Sarayaku’s 2012 historic victory at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) and in advancing Sarayaku’s visionary “Living Forest” proposal to the international community. She is also actively involved with Women Defenders of the Amazon against Extraction and REPAM (Pan-Amazon Eclesial Network).
Catalina Chumpi (Shuar from Morona Santiago, Ecuadorian Amazon), Co-Founder and President of COMNAP (Organization of Indigenous Women of Pastaza Province) who is actively involved with Women Defenders of the Amazon against Extraction, a grassroots group of Amazonian women responding to threats against their lives, rights and territories by resisting new mining and fossil fuel extraction and promoting local solutions to protect their communities and the Amazon for all future generations.
Ronald Suarez (Shipibo from Peruvian Amazon), President of Coshikox, Council of Self-Governance of the Shipibo, Conibo, Xetebo People of Peru, representing 140 communities and approximately 35,000 people. Ronald is an award-winning indigenous filmmaker, radio broadcaster and defender of Shipibo-Conibo land and culture under threat by industrial palm plantations and spiritual extractivism.
Leila Salazar-López (Executive Director of Amazon Watch) For 20+ years Leila has worked to defend the world’s rainforests, human rights, and the climate through grassroots organizing and international advocacy campaigns at Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange, and Green Corps. She is a Greenpeace Voting Member and a Global Fund for Women Advisor for Latin America. She was recently acknowledged in Make it Better Media’s “17 Bay Area Environmentalists Making a Difference.” Leila is a proud Chicana-Latina living in San Francisco, CA with her husband and two young daughters.
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Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California working to protect the Amazon and the climate by advancing the rights of indigenous peoples. The Amazon rainforest, also known as the “lungs of the earth,” is facing unprecedented threats by industrial development including oil and mining projects, agribusiness expansion, and increased violence against indigenous earth defenders. Amazon Watch is proud to stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples, NGO allies and social movements on campaigns and visionary initiatives to stop Amazon destruction, advance indigenous solutions and support climate justice. www.amazonwatch.org