Stories from the Grassroots: The Greengrants Blog

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    #WomenAndClimate Wins the 2016 Wilmer Shields Award for Excellence in Communications

    Mar 31, 2016 | No Comments

    Exciting news! Our #WomenAndClimate Communications Program has been awarded the Council on Foundations’ 2016 Wilmer Shields Rich Award for Excellence in Communications! The program crystallizes the inextricable link between women and climate change, amplifies voices of grassroots change makers, and… Read more

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      Indigenous People Even the SCORE – Baram Dam Halted

      Mar 29, 2016 | No Comments

      This week we learned a mega-dam project planned for the Baram River in Borneo has been abandoned. Through a sustained, peaceful protest of the dam, the indigenous population has protected its land from development and destruction. This stand-off began when… Read more

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        Justice Comes Slowly for Guatemala’s Maya Achí

        Mar 24, 2016 | One Comment

        In 1982, over 400 Maya Achí men, women, and children were murdered for opposing a hydroelectric dam under construction on the Chixoy River. The next year, the completed Chixoy dam flooded more than 30 Maya Achí communities. Read this touching… Read more

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          3 Water Stories From Around the World

          Mar 22, 2016 | No Comments

          By Carley St. Clair Water is a building block of life. With too little, we would not exist. With too much, homes and ecosystems are destroyed. World Water Day gives us a chance to reflect on protecting our most important–and… Read more

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            Inside the Struggle for Ecuador’s Cordillera del Condor

            Mar 10, 2016 | No Comments

            Words and photos by Beth Wald In a little-known corner of southeast Ecuador lies a low range of cloud-cloaked mountains called the Cordillera del Condor. Steep, forested slopes and clean-running rivers support a dizzying array of bird, plant, animal, and… Read more

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              Suryamani Bhagat Was Supposed To Be A Teacher in India…

              Mar 7, 2016 | No Comments

              But after earning a degree in Sanskrit, Suryamani was called to protect the forest near her homeland from destruction and exploitation. At 20, she quit teaching and became a grassroots environmental activist and leader. Suryamani Bhagat joins a long line… Read more

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                Public Letter to President Hernandez of Honduras

                Mar 7, 2016 | One Comment

                Dear President Juan Orlando Hernández, We, a group of 50+ international organisations, write to express our shock and concern over the recent killing of Berta Cáceres, environmental activist and head of the indigenous rights group COPINH. As you will know,… Read more

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                  Environmental Leader Berta Cáceres Assassinated in Honduras

                  Mar 3, 2016 | 15 Comments

                  For Immediate Release March 3, 2016 Global Greengrants Fund Contact: Katy Neusteter, 303-880-0634, katy@greengrants.org Environmental Leader Berta Cáceres Assassinated in Honduras Global Greengrants mourns grantee and celebrated defender of indigenous and environmental rights, calls on international community to support environmental… Read more

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                    Guatemala: Community Resistance and Resilience

                    Mar 1, 2016 | No Comments

                    By Peter Kostishack In Guatemala communities are fighting against mining companies. From organizing protests to mounting legal battles, groups are working to preserve or restore their environment. These photos tell the story of three fights around Guatemala; fights that we… Read more

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                      A Mayan Village Stands Up to Big Oil in Belize

                      Feb 26, 2016 | No Comments

                      By Gary Wockner (@garywockner) Andres Coy’s face is lined, his skin the color of the muddy Temash River we just crossed. “There’s no money that can fix the river—you can’t buy back the river.” He says it with the authority… Read more