Should Chevron CEO be fired?

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Tell the Chevron board of directors to fire CEO John Watson.  Imagine you were the head of Chevron. In the first couple years since you took over the company its reputation has been continually tarnished by your own actions as well as environmental and human rights crimes. Would you expect to keep your job?

Tell the Chevron board of directors to fire CEO John Watson.

Under your “leadership”:

  • Your company lost a $19 billion legal battle for intentionally polluting rainforest communities in Ecuador.
  • Amidst criticism of a poor safety record, your California refinery finally blew up, sending 15,000 to the hospital and bringing on a criminal investigation into your practices there.
  • All of Chevron’s assets in Argentina were frozen, and it now faces the loss of billions in several other nations due to enforcement efforts.
  • Chevron spilled over 100,000 gallons of crude off the coast of Brazil, costing millions in fines and inviting billions in additional suits.
  • Your company was exposed as the largest corporate SuperPAC contributor, accused of buying politicians and now in danger of FEC sanctions for violating government regulations.
  • And now Chevron is under harsh criticism for launching unprecedented legal attacks against your own shareholders, environmental and human rights groups.

If your board were actually evaluating your performance – you’d be fired.

Well, Chevron CEO John Watson has done all that and worse.

To learn more about the many reasons Chevron CEO John Watson should be fired, please visit the True Cost of Chevon website. Tell the board to do their duty and hand Watson his pink slip. For the communities in Ecuador and for so many other reasons, it’s time for Watson to go!

Paul Paz y Miño
Paul Paz y Miño
Online & Operations Director

Amazonwatch – A call for help from the Xingu!

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Please donate today to help sustain ongoing mobilizations against the Belo Monte Dam

One week ago a group of indigenous warriors, riverine communities and fishermen united to occupy the main construction site of the Belo Monte dam. Brave indigenous groups remain strong on the front lines and today they have been surrounded by military pressuring them to leave.

Yesterday the group released a worldwide call for support to maintain and grow the occupation. This includes a plea for international organizations to back them with infrastructure and access to have their message heard around the world. We need your financial support to help meet their call.

“Today we write for those who support us. We write for those who trust in our struggle and agree with our view. We are people who live in the rivers where dams are being built. We are Munduruku, Juruna, Kayapo, Xipaya, Kuruaya, Asurini, Parakanã, Arara, fishermen and riverine. The river is our supermarket. Our ancestors are older than Jesus Christ.

We occupied Belo Monte Dam sites seven days ago… We need help. We need the organizations to support this occupation, to write appeals on our behalf, and to stand up against the government’s posture. We need journalists to continue talking to us, even if it is from outside or by phone. We also need the people to support us.”

Support is needed urgently for food, travel, communications and legal advice to keep the occupation alive. Amazon Watch continues to stand with our indigenous partners and to pressure the government of Brazil as communities are requesting. Together we will ensure that the people of the Xingu are heard and that their legitimate authority over their lands and culture is recognized.

Help us to keep up our support for those on the front lines of Belo Monte construction and with indigenous peoples fighting for their lands throughout the Amazon. Please give and give generously to meet these urgent needs today.

For the Amazon,

Leila Salazar-Lopez
Leila Salazar-Lopez
Program Director

Dams on the Amazon – Enough is Enough!

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“Our world was big. We have already lost enough lands. Now, it’s enough!”

Last week Brazil and the world witnessed a historic moment of unity and struggle for the Amazon and its people. Some 200 indigenous peoples, riverine communities and fishermen joined at the Pimental construction site of the Belo Monte dam where they continue to occupy the area. They did not come to hold discussions with the construction consortium; they want their agenda to he heard by the Brazilian Federal Government.

The group’s demands are straightforward: To clearly define the regulation of prior and informed consultation of indigenous peoples and to immediately suspend all work and studies related to dams on the rivers where they live.

Among the warrior communities present are the Munduruku people of the Tapajós River basin. According to their General Chief Saw, the government seeks to build these dams as if there were no genuine life in these places…

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Latest News on the Belo Monte Dam!

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The Latest on the Belo Monte Roller Coaster

Chief Raoni

Dear Mark,

Thanks to your support, this summer I was on the ground with the Amazon Watch team standing with communities on the front lines of the fight to stop the Belo Monte Dam. I dug my toes into the red clay banks of the early stages of construction and watched as 300 indigenous and local people ripped through the earthen barricade in desperate attempt to free the mighty Xingu River, if only for a moment. We need your help today to ensure that this fight continues.

The last few weeks have been marked by glorious moments of victory and new challenges. Our efforts were validated when a Brazilian judge ordered the immediate halt to construction and suspended all activities at the dam site. Hope!

This was a true win, led by indigenous and local communities and won by the collective efforts of citizens from around the world standing with them…and by you.

As we suspected might happen, President Dilma pressured a member of the Brazilian Supreme Court resulting in Chief Justice Carlos Ayres Britto overturning the decision without giving essential consideration to indigenous rights implications. Back on the roller coaster.

The Federal Public Prosecutor’s office is expected to appeal this decision and demand a review by the full Supreme Court. They must uphold the historic decision that suspended this highly controversial project just two weeks ago. Help us make this possible.

Now is THE moment to dig our toes deep into that red clay and stand steadfast, collectively, in resistance to the Belo Monte Dam. Already over a million of you from around the globe have rallied behind this effort. With your support the people of the Xingu can win.

For the Amazon,

Atossa Soltani
Atossa Soltani
Executive Director

Urgent message from Atossa Soltani of Amazonwatch!

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Spring 2012

Dear Mark,

We know that the rainforests are critical for maintaining the Earth’s climate. For many of us these ancient forests also represent places of abundance and beauty that renew our spirits.

It gives me great hope to see how many more people have recently joined Amazon Watch’s community at such an important moment. Strengthened by our growing network of 150,000+ online supporters, our team and partners have made incredible impact around the globe this spring: organizing critical missions to strongholds in Brazil and Ecuador; bringing delegations of indigenous leaders from the Amazon to the oil sands of Canada to expose industry land grabs in Peru; forging powerful alliances and recruiting supporters worldwide.

Whether you choose to sign a petition, host an educational or fundraising event, or join us on a supporter delegation to see the Amazon firsthand and renew your spirits, you are helping our movement grow at a critical time for the future of the planet’s largest rainforest.

For Future Generations,

Atossa Soltani
Atossa Soltani
Atossa Soltani
Executive Director

Jungle Justice for Sarayaku?

Jungle Justice for Sarayaku?

Judges of the Inter-American Human Rights Court took the unusual step of making an in situ visit to the Kichwa indigenous community of Sarayaku in the heart of Ecuador’s central Amazon region in April. The historic visit was part of the community’s long-running case against the Ecuadorian government over rights abuses suffered when an Argentine oil company began conducting seismic testing in search of oil reserves with the aid of Ecuador’s military. The entrance of the oil company into Sarayaku lands occurred without the consultation or consent of the community. A decision in the case is expected this year and will have sweeping implications for indigenous rights across the Americas.

This Used to be Forest, in Pictures

This Used to be Forest, in Pictures

A brave delegation of Achuar leaders traveled to Canada to demand that Calgary-based Talisman Energy cease oil drilling in their ancestral territory and to see firsthand how indigenous people in Canada have fared during oil operations in their homelands. The group visited Ottawa, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Vancouver and Haida Gwaii; meeting with members of Parliament, press, Talisman officials, First Nations leaders and supporters in an effort to build alliances and raise awareness about Talisman’s abuses. Talisman has been drilling exploratory wells in the heart of Achuar territory and continues to ignore their calls to leave. Explore through the eyes of the Achuar in these photos.

ClearWater Project Delivers Clean Water to Ecuador

ClearWater Project Delivers Clean Water to Ecuador

After years of pressing a historic lawsuit against Big Oil behemoth Chevron, the communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon still do not have access to clean water. This must change: We cannot wait for Chevron to do the right thing while families drink contaminated water. A coalition has joined forces to support a solution – ClearWater – a water project led by Ecuadorian communities to provide immediate relief to the region still suffering the effects of oil contamination. We’re still working around the clock to hold Chevron accountable, in the meantime it’s time to meet needs on the ground by supporting ClearWater.

Brazil's President Dilma Backsliding on Environment

Brazil’s President Dilma Backsliding on Environment

In the months preceding the Rio+20 Earth Summit the Brazilian government is seeking to reinforce its credentials as a country that has balanced economic growth and poverty reduction with respect for environmental sustainability and human rights. However, President Rousseff may find it challenging to keep the wool pulled over our eyes given disastrous reforms to the country’s forest protection law and the illegal construction of the Belo Monte dam. Amazon Watch and our allies recently greeted President Rousseff with protests in Washington D.C., and we’ll be in Rio this June.

We're Back! Help Ecuadorians Occupy Chevron Shareholder Meeting

We’re Back! Help Ecuadorians Occupy Chevron’s Shareholder Meeting

For more than 18 years Ecuadorian Amazonian communities have waged a historic battle for justice against Chevron, which has vowed not to pay the $18 billion judgement. Later this month two Ecuadorian representatives of 30,000 plaintiffs will leave the Amazon and travel to California to confront Chevron. They need your support to stand face-to-face with Chevron CEO John Watson and the board of directors, shareholders, media and an international community that continues to support them through this epic battle for justice. Join the Cause, share with your friends and follow their journey.

Help Amazonwatch create a sustainable world!

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Achuar delegates

Dear Mark,

Like you, I am deeply concerned about the state of our planet. The Amazon Rainforest, one of the most vital mechanisms in the regulation of our global climate, is a critical area of concern. With your help, Amazon Watch is working diligently with our indigenous partners to preserve this tremendous natural resource.

Yet protecting the rainforest is but one important element in the global movement to create a more sustainable world.

The Spring of Sustainability (March 26th to June 22nd) is a series of presentations by The Shift Network designed to foster greater understanding of global sustainability and inspire large-scale shifts in appropriate, necessary action. More than 100 sustainability pioneers will be presenting at this FREE online series of events, and we’re proud to be co-sponsors.

Get all the details and sign up for free here.

The Spring of Sustainability is your chance to participate in a virtual event of truly global proportions, with tens of thousands of change-makers with shared passion for a sustainable future.

If you’d like to…

  • Transform fear and frustration into hope and actions you can contribute directly to creating a sustainable world for all beings
  • Learn fun, inspiring ways you can engage your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to build a community that puts sustainability first
  • Discover why new systems rooted in justice and sustainability consciousness are the only viable solution for our planet
  • Network and collaborate with other passionate people and organizations on sustainable initiatives – and help create a thriving planet

Then please find out more about how you can join this movement at the Spring of Sustainability.

Remember, the Spring of Sustainability is completely FREE, and it’s designed to empower all of us to create a greener, more sustainable future. Register here.


Paul Paz y MiñoPaul Paz y Miño
Managing Director

Top ten countries responsible for climate change!

The simplest and most widely cited way to compare the emissions of countries is to add up all the fossil fuels burned in each nation and convert that into CO2. According to 2009 data from the US Energy Information Administration, the top 10 emitters by this measure are:

1. China: 7,711 million tonnes (MT) or 25.4%
2. US: 5,425 MT or 17.8%
3. India: 1,602 MT or 5.3%
4. Russia: 1,572 MT or 5.2%
5. Japan: 1,098 MT or 3.6%
6. Germany: 766 MT 2.5%
7. Canada: 541 MT or 1.8%
8. South Korea: 528 MT or 1.7%
9. Iran: 527 MT or 1.7%
10. UK: 520 MT or 1.7%
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Source : The Guardian