A project called the "grain train," with its planned trajectory through the Brazilian Amazon, divides Indigenous groups and those who support rural development.
An ambitious infrastructure project in the Brazil is increasingly opposed the closer it gets to the heart of the Amazon—an area that has been defended by Indigenous communities for years.
The Brazilian city Sinop embodies the aspirations of a prosperous Amazonian agro-industry — especially now, with the prospect of a railroad that will help send exports to China.
Brazilians who've migrated to the Amazon for economic prosperity rarely consider environmental preservation, whether in the early frontier period or in Bolsonaro’s era.
Nantu has been involved in a program to expand the use of solar powered canoes for several years. Now, his project can help fight against the construction of a new road in Indigenous territory.
Nantu has a solution to help avoid the need for a road to his village in the Ecuadorian Amazon: create a system of boats that run on clean energy to connect nine Achuar communities.
Giving birth is considered sacred by the Achuar people; consequently, women must go to the forest to do so. But one young Indigenous woman is trying to change this reality.
In Ecuador, an Achuar leader shows how local communities are confronting extractivism and infrastructure development that is infringing on the forest.
This young Indigenous woman from Ecuador helps the women in her Achuar community give birth. Considered a sacred act, women traditionally gave birth alone in the jungle. This is the seventh in the series, "Rainforest Defenders," which shows leaders fighting to protect the forest.
This is the sixth story in a series about Indigenous youth in the Amazon fighting to protect their communities.
Burning and deforestation have damaged parts of the Amazon in the Brazilian state of Acre.
A young woman from the Amazon found strength to overcome a past of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by turning to her roots and heritage. Her story is the fifth and final in the series "Rainforest Defenders," which highlights young leaders who are fighting to protect the forest.