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    Accidental Democracy in Brazil: How the 2014 World Cup Led to an Empowered Citizenry

    Jun 13, 2014

    Everyone in Brazil wanted the World Cup—we thought it would leave benefits. But FIFA is like a big, multinational company that comes and sucks away everything. The effect has been devastating, but some good has come of it all, also…

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    Ecuador chooses oil over biodiversity, indigenous rights in Yasuní

    May 29, 2014

    On May 22, 2014, International Biodiversity Day, the government of Ecuador decided to celebrate by issuing permits to drill for oil in what is probably the most biodiverse place on Earth, Yasuní National Park. Keep reading>>

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    Congratulations, Global Greengrants grantees!

    Apr 28, 2014

    The 2014 Goldman Environmental Prizewinners have just been announced. Five out of five of the winners from outside the United States are current or former Global Greengrants grantees. Read about their work and be inspired…

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    Last chance to save Ecuador’s Yasuní from oil exploitation

    Apr 3, 2014

    On October 3, 2013, the Ecuadorian government and parliament approved the exploitation of the protected area. Denouncing the decision as unconstitutional and vowing to reverse it, YASunidos embarked on the signature campaign to get the Yasuní issue on the ballot for a national referendum. Keep reading>>

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    The fight to save the Yasuní National Park, pristine Amazon rainforest in Ecuador marches onward

    Feb 14, 2014

    A group of activists, musicians and actors traveled along the Ecuadorian coastline during the holidays to present short skits and musical presentations about the government’s plan to drill for oil in the Yasuní National Park.

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    Are environmental and human rights activists criminals?

    Jan 30, 2014

    Since I arrived at Global Greengrants Fund, I have become increasingly alarmed by a global trend toward criminalizing activism of all sorts, especially environmental. We have seen our grants advisors and grantees beaten by corporate thugs and jailed by the… Read more

    Activists Mobilize to Protect Critical Rainforest, Traditional Indigenous Tribes, and Millions Of Animals: Yasuní National Park in Ecuador in the Crosshairs

    Dec 19, 2013

    Last week, activists in Ecuador announced they have gathered more than 150,000 signatures of Ecuadorians concerned about the fate of the Yasuní National Park.

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    What’s next for Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park?

    Aug 28, 2013

    The fate of Yasuní National Park hangs in the balance. On August 15, Ecuador’s government announced it would allow foreign oil companies to start drilling in the northeastern part of this Amazonian rainforest. Global Greengrants weighs in on the future of the most biodiverse place on Earth.

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    How Ecuador’s Sarayaku People Kept Big Oil Out

    Dec 14, 2012

    Some 1,200 indigenous people make up the Sarayaku community in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In 1996, the Ecuadorian government allowed a foreign company to begin prospecting their lands for oil. The government never consulted the local people. >>Keep reading.

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    Can the grassroots affect high-level negotiations? Reflections from Rio+20

    Jul 11, 2012

    A clash of worldviews came together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a week under the umbrella of Rio+20 summit. While many deemed it a failure before it began, hope emerged from the grassroots organizations and indigenous peoples that blazoned their unwavering commitment to our planet and future generations.

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