Image credit: Courtesy of Edu Leon, Ceibo Alliance

Saving Millions of Acres in the Upper Amazon

They call themselves Earth Defenders. They are women living in the Amazon Rainforest fighting to protect their land from illegal mining, poaching, and other threats.  

“We want the world to know that there are women willing to fight for our land. Women trying to leave a legacy for our children,” said Alexandra Narvaez of the A’l Kofan community of Sinangoe in the upper Amazon.

From being the first woman to join her community's land patrol to helping win a landmark case before Ecuador's constitutional court, Alexandra is a powerful example of what women can do in the Amazon.

Strength in Numbers

With the support of Daughters for Earth, Alexandra and other women leaders are launching the Women’s Resistance program, which will protect five million acres of rainforest across more than 80 Indigenous communities.

Rather than each community working on its own, the Women's Resistance helps women in the region speak with one voice. The effort is being coordinated by the Indigenous organization, the Ceibo Alliance, which provides everything from leadership training to support for land patrols and women-led eco-tourism businesses. 

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The Amazon Matters A LOT!

The biggest. The best. The most. When it comes to the Amazon, it's not bragging. It's just a fact.

The Amazon Is...

  • The largest rainforest in the world (more than ⅔ the size of the United States!)
  • Home to 2.7 million Indigenous people.
  • Habitat for 10% of the world’s wildlife - not to mention 400 billion trees!

But the Amazon is about more than mind-blowing numbers. 

The Amazon is vital to the survival of the people who live there and the billions of people who do not.

For example, the Amazon absorbs 5% of the world's carbon dioxide, making it critical to limiting global temperature rise for us all

Who better to protect the land than the Indigenous people living there? 

It's their land. 

It's their expertise that has protected the Amazon for generations.

And it's their existence, as individuals and as a culture, at stake. 

But they need our support - especially given increasing threats from miners, poachers, loggers, cattle ranchers and others (More than 20% of the rainforest is already gone). 

Indigenous people are standing by the planet. We must stand with them.