Why In pursuit of wealth, oil and other mining companies infringe on the rights of the public endangering human and animal life as well as degrading the environment.
Amazon Watch, a not-for-profit body, was formed in 1996, and it aims to protect not only the rainforest but also the rights of the native people in the Amazon Basin. Amazon Watch is based in Oakland California.
When Texaco (which was sold to Chevron) was under investigation for dumping toxic water to the Amazon rainforest, Amazon Watch was at the forefront of supporting the plaintiffs. Texaco’s unethical and illegal action, considered among world’s largest oil contaminations, destabilized over 30 thousand people.
With Amazon Watch’s input, a court in Ecuador (the country where the contamination occurred) decided to penalize Chevron for $9.5 billion. Although the company is yet to comply with the court order, the judgment marked a significant milestone in the quest for justice.
Besides supporting the plaintiffs in the mentioned case, Amazon Watch is spearheading the conservation of the Amazonian environment and consequently the protection of the rights of the people who dwell in the rainforest. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Through the Yasuni ITT initiative, Amazon watch seeks to prevent the mining of over 900 million barrels of crude oil beneath the Yasuni National Park. To this end, the initiative aims to meet the foregone oil revenues of 450 million barrels of the crude oil.
Occidental, a U.S oil company, is battling it out with Amazon Watch in court over the former’s activities which have degraded the Peruvian rainforest. Although the suit was initially dismissed, Amazon Watch being resilient in its efforts appealed the decision, and the case is back in the corridors of justice.
Closely related, Amazon Watch is enlightening the Peru’s Achuar people to be proactive in protecting their land. For example, by opposing Talisman and Pluspetrol, multi-national oil companies, from exploring oil in the region.
To this end, Amazon Watch has established training centers that train the locals about the dangers of oil exploration and mining in their land.
Presently, Amazon Watch is working round the clock to document and publicize the environmental impacts of the soon-to-be-completed Brazil’s hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River, Belo Monte dam complex. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
Analysts claim that the dam will divert over 80 percent of the river’s water resulting in the drying up of downstream areas. Consequently, over 40 thousand people will be displaced. Amazon Watch works in partnership with like-minded institutions such as NGOs.
Amazon Watch’s initiatives can benefit from funds advanced by people or organizations that share the same vision. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the journalists behind Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, recently joined the ever-growing team of people that desire to see human rights upheld.
Having been unfairly targeted by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in their line of work, the Lacey and Larkin have experienced their rights violated first hand.
The two wish to fund organizations, through Frontera Fund, advocating for the respect of human rights using part of the money, $3.75 million, they won when they filed a suit against the Maricopa County following Arpaio’s actions.