Amazon Watch
Winter 2012

Dear Mark,

We are riding the wave of what has been a demanding and wildly successful year. Thank you for making 2012 a truly powerful year for the Amazon and indigenous peoples.

As we enter the New Year, we are embarking on exciting plans for pioneering initiatives and taking our campaigns to new levels. We are ramping up our efforts in Ecuador where the government has just launched a new round of oil leases that affects nearly ten million acres of pristine rainforest and thousands of indigenous peoples. The rainforests in Peru may soon face similar threats. While loans for the Belo Monte dam in Brazil were green lighted despite growing opposition, we remain committed to defending the Xingu River.

Your support matters more than ever to face the challenges ahead. Amazon Watch has emerged as an incredible force supporting indigenous peoples, standing up to powerful economic interests and championing alternatives to forest destruction. You are the pulse of this movement. This holiday season, give the unique gift of rainforest protection with the click of a button. Thank You!

For the Earth and Future Generations,

Atossa Soltani
Atossa Soltani

Atossa Soltani
Executive Director


Photo Special: Ecuador Auctions Amazon

Photo Special:
Ecuador Auctions Amazon

The Ecuadorian government’s plans to auction off nearly ten million acres of rainforest wilderness in the south-central Amazon – home to seven indigenous nationalities – was met by fierce opposition from hundreds of indigenous people, who had traveled dozens of hours by river and road to Quito to thwart the launch of the government’s 11th Round of oil licensing. Check out this photo story reported live from the field by Amazon Watch as the round was launched last week.


12/10/12 International Day of Action!

12/10/12 International Day of Action!

The Brazilian National Development Bank has approved an unprecedented loan of nearly US$10.8 billion for construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam project on the Xingu River. This year has been marked by moments of victory and disappointments in the campaign to stop Belo Monte as our partners have attempted to foster dialogue with the Brazilian government and to denounce violations of human and environmental rights due to the illegal construction of the dam. Join the world in an International Day of Action on 12/10/12 led by our brave partners in Brazil. Demand JUSTICE NOW!


Chevron Assets Frozen in Argentina

Chevron Assets Frozen in Argentina

An Argentine judge ordered seizure of Chevron’s in-country assets in what could be the first of many rulings enforcing a $19 billion judgment out of Ecuador. The move was a major victory for the 30,000 plaintiffs who have been forced to scour the planet seeking Chevron assets because the oil giant has refused to pay the $19 billion damage award ordered by Ecuadorian courts after it was found guilty for spilling 18 million gallons of crude and dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste water into the fragile rainforest ecosystem, poisoning local indigenous and farmer communities. Enforcement actions have also been filed in Brazil and Canada. For any Chevron shareholder, the news must have been shocking.


Happy Holidays! Send an eCard from the Amazon

Happy Holidays!
Send an eCard from the Amazon

Share your passion for the rainforest by sending a free Amazon Watch eCard. Make your gift even more special by adding a donation to support indigenous peoples defending the Amazon rainforest while honoring your friends, colleagues and loved ones. From helping to stop the Belo Monte dam in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon to forcing Chevron to clean up its toxic mess in Ecuador, you can give a gift with real impact without leaving your living room.


One More THANK YOU!

One More THANK YOU!

It’s been a huge year here at Amazon Watch – another huge year. And as we look towards 2013 we know that we can only do so thanks to the strong foundation you provide for us. Your activism, your partnership, all those petitions and all your financial support has made this year one to remember and be inspired by in the years to come. We couldn’t have won these victories or seen this kind of progress and action without you – so just on