Monday 14 October 10:08 PM
This summer, fires began to rage in the Amazon—known as the “planet’s lungs” and responsible for producing 20% of the oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere—as a direct result of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s weakening of environmental protections, which set the scene for mass deforestation. This thrust into the spotlight the work of a group of indigenous leaders from the Waorani, Kofan, and Siona nations in the Ecuadorian and Colombian Amazon, who have come together with Amazon Frontlines to give voice to their shared work of protecting their regions’ natural resources, such as Nemonte Nenquimo, pictured above.
Nenquimo is the first female leader of CONCONAWEP (Waorani Organization of Pastaza Province) and lead plaintiff in the Waorani’s people’s recent landmark lawsuit protecting half a million acres of their rainforest territory from oil drilling. Facing danger each day she fights for these causes, Nenquimo explains, “People who are part of this fight are being threatened by the government. They want to eliminate all of us leaders who appear in public and say that our territory isn’t for sale. As a woman and a mother, I feel strongly that life is more important than money.”
On #ındigenouspeoplesday , we share the stories of Nenquimo and three other delegates who are fighting for the future of a ravaged Amazon. Tap the link in our bio to read their stories. Photographed by @stefanruizphoto