By Jacqueline Gaybor and Wendy Harcourt.
How can we reframe the current planetary crisis to find ways for decisive and life-changing collective action? The Amazon region of Ecuador, at the center of two crises --Covid-19 and a major oil spill--, but also home to a long history of indigenous resistance, offers some answers.
by Felipe Milanez Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the attempts at “extracting souls” by fundamentalists Christian missionaries in the Brazilian Amazon continue unabated, fueling the risk of genocide for self-isolated Indigenous communities. This is an in-depth account of the threats to the Indigenous peoples of the Javari Valley and of the legal case that ensued.
by Juan Francisco Moreno
“Economic efficiency” in the use of natural resources without concern for the justice of its distribution, or the scale of its extraction is just bad fiction, just like the story of the internalization of externalities. Hopelessly, the exploitation of the Amazon has always entailed a process of dispossession of those whose existence doesn’t count for capital.