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    Maasai land grab is back on as Tanzania’s government renegs

    Dec 2, 2014 | One Comment

    This is an update to “Extraordinary victory for the Maasai: the untold story of a failed land grab.”

    Maasai woman, Tanzania.

    Maasai women. Photo by Rucha Chitnis

    Last October, we shared news that Maasai people—including one of our grant recipients—in Tanzania’s Loliondo area had won an important victory when the government abandoned plans to kick them off their land. Read our original blog about their victory here.

    It would have been a fantastic win for people whose bright smiles and colorful robes grace Tanzanian tourism posters. If only the government hadn’t reneged.

    Now there are reports that the government will seize 1,500 square kilometers (about 930 square miles) in Loliondo near the Serengeti, potentially evict tens of thousands of Maasai people, and turn their land into a commercial safari reserve. According to our advisors in the area, 57,532 Maasai people could be ordered to leave by the end of the year.

    If that is true, the land will have literally been sold right out from under them.

    This isn’t just tragic news for the Maasai people. It’s also terrible for elephants, giraffes, and other wildlife that call this area adjacent to the Serengeti home. Once Loliondo becomes a “wildlife corridor,” wealthy tourists will be allowed to hunt big game there. The Maasai people are nomadic herders who depend on this land to sustainably graze their animals. They don’t hunt big game. And they live peacefully within their natural ecosystem.

    The Guardian reported the government has promised 1 billion shillings (about US$575,000) to be channeled into socio-economic development projects.

    Do you think those funds will trickle down to the people being robbed of their livelihoods and heritage? The Maasai don’t and have rejected the offer.

    We will share more from our advisor in the area soon—check here and Facebook for updates.

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      Saving the Leuser Ecosystem for orangutans, elephants, and people

      Nov 24, 2014 | No Comments

      Rudi Putra is standing up to palm oil interests illegally poaching one of the most incredible forests on Earth.

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        Indigenous young people bring hope to their Siberian town

        Oct 29, 2014 | No Comments

        When we heard that a group of young people in Siberia has already achieved something they never imagined possible thanks to a Greengrant we gave just two months ago, it made us downright giddy. Read their amazing story.

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          How U.S. media is bungling the ebola crisis

          Oct 23, 2014 | No Comments

          On a recent trip to Mali, Deputy Director of Programs, Allison Davis, noticed that local TV stations focused on the human tragedy of ebola—not on the fear it is causing. One would think we might do more of the same in the United States—balance our worry with more heartfelt concern for the thousands so dramatically affected. Keep reading >>

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            To the Green Climate Fund: “Grassroots women need more resources”

            Oct 17, 2014 | No Comments

            The co-hosts of the Summit on Women and Climate call on the Green Climate Fund to take action and extend support to women-led solutions to climate change in advance of COP 21.

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              A climate defense that actually works

              Sep 23, 2014 | No Comments

              I am writing this note from New York. I wish you could be here to feel the charge of energy. An estimated 400,000 people flooded the streets on Sunday morning to demand bold action on the climate crisis. Here’s how I believe we should deal with climate change.

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                3 Awakenings From the 2014 Summit on Women & Climate

                Aug 20, 2014 | No Comments

                What happens when 100 people from 37 countries gather to talk about women-led solutions to climate change? An unexpected rethinking of what it means to be resilient. Maxine Burkett, Global Greengrants board member and climate change policy and law expert, shares three impressions from the Summit on Women & Climate.

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                  Voices from Nepal: Promoting Women’s Climate Leadership

                  Aug 3, 2014 | One Comment

                  When nature is out of balance, everything Nepali women need to survive is at risk. Sadhana Shrestha, executive director of Tewa in Nepal, tells how this women’s fund is addressing this issue and supporting women in the face of climate change.

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                    Inside Chile’s “Patagonia Sin Represas” movement

                    Jul 28, 2014 | No Comments

                    Chilean environmentalists celebrate the country’s biggest environmental victory: “We always tried to maintain a positive ethical campaign that really showed alternatives. We didn’t say ‘no to dams.’ We said, ‘We want a Patagonia without dams.’ Read our Q&A with grantee in Chile, Peter Hartmann.

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                      Defeating HidroAysén – Chile’s biggest environmental victory ever

                      Jul 28, 2014 | No Comments

                      This is the story of how a grassroots movement defeated the $8 billion HidroAysén dam project, and led to Chile’s biggest ever environmental win. Terry Odendahl writes about this incredible victory and Global Greengrants role.

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