Join us in protecting the lungs of the planet by empowering the indigenous people of the Amazon Basin.
The Amazon Basin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the remaining lungs of our planet. Indigenous communities and our global communities benefit from the region’s biodiversity. Nearly 400 distinct indigenous peoples depend on the Amazon rainforest for their physical and cultural survival. Many of these small, remote communities are resisting the destruction of their rainforest homes with little or no reliable energy or communications systems, instead depending largely on diesel generators and kerosene for power.
We are collaborating with Amazon Watch, Greenpeace-Brazil, , and others, and plan to design and build microgrid energy solutions for remote communities at the intersection of conservation, conflict, and livelihood development. Designed for optimum replicability, the systems will be designed to allow local peoples to thrive as autonomous but connected communities while increasing capacity to share their stories, struggles, and solutions with the global community.
Our projects will offer an exciting opportunity to empower frontline defenders of the Amazon rainforest, helping to drive their engagement in global conservation and human rights campaigns. They will also protect local environmental health from the toxic forms of energy most commonly used in low-income, remote communities. By improving access to clean energy and by employing models that harness the best of philanthropy and social impact market development, we aim to provide a viable and scalable alternative to dirty energy development.