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, to build small solar systems for indigenous communities in the region at the intersection of conservation, conflict, and livelihood development. Designed for optimum replicability, these systems allow local peoples to thrive as autonomous but connected communities while increasing capacity to share their stories, struggles, and solutions with the global community.
To date we have supported four Munduruku communities in Brazil, three Sapara communities in Ecuador and four U’wa communities in Colombia’s Cloud Forest. We plan to return to Colombia later this year to provide solar solutions to all 17 U’wa communities, and we plan to further our work in Brazil and Ecuador.
Our projects empower the frontline defenders of the Amazon rainforest, helping to drive their engagement in global conservation and human rights campaigns. They 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.