Since 1996, Amazon Watch has protected the rainforest and advanced the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin in solidarity with Indigenous and environmental organizations. Amazon Watch campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability, and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems.
The Amazon rainforest and the Indigenous, forest, and riverine peoples who have stewarded it for centuries face grave threats due to deforestation, extractive industries, land grabs, and other destructive development projects. The Amazon is at its tipping point, and will no longer be able to sustain itself as a rainforest if this destruction continues.
To prevent this, Amazon Watch is advancing Indigenous-led proposals to permanently protect 80% of the Amazon by securing Indigenous land rights, halting and holding accountable the major drivers of Amazon destruction, and directly funding Indigenous peoples defending the rainforest. With more than 25 years of trusted relationships with Amazonian peoples, Amazon Watch is leveraging on-the-ground experience and strategic campaigns to disrupt destructive industries at every level, to keep standing rainforests standing, and to advance climate justice.
This movement to protect the Amazon and our climate relies on a global community of allies, advocates, and supporters who recognize the essential role of Indigenous and frontline peoples in stewarding their lands. It is our collective voices that eclipse the governments, financial institutions, and corporations making short-term profits at the expense of a livable future for our planet.
The work ahead of us is significant. We are at the tipping point of the ecosystem. The permanent protection of the rainforest has to happen now. Still, there are reasons to have hope.
We are at a once-in-a-lifetime moment for the Amazon. We are amplifying Indigenous calls to end all oil and gas extraction and mining in the Amazon biome. We are generating sustained public pressure on companies and their financial backers to shift from destructive policies and stop shirking their climate pledges.
We are turning the tide toward Indigenous stewardship and land rights.