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    News & Resources from South America

    Indigenous People Tried to Turn the Tables and Save Lake Poopó

    Jul 19, 2016

    Fishing boats used to abound on Lake Poopó in Bolivia’s dry altiplano. The lake was the lifeblood for the Uru-Murato indigenous people, who survived off the lake’s abundant fish and flamingo populations. But years of rising temperatures, poorly planned irrigation… Read more

    Activism Around the World: Highlights from June 2016

    Jun 23, 2016

    Each year Global Greengrants Fund makes over 700 grants to environmental activists around the world, helping to support grassroots initiatives to protect the planet and the rights of the people who call these natural places home. We wish we could… Read more

    Ecological Truth Telling: An Interview with Rainforest Action Network founder, Randy Hayes

    Jun 16, 2016

    Randy Hayes founded Rainforest Action Network in 1985 and has a long history advocating for the rights of people living in our planets’ most threatened environments. We sat down with Randy for a lively and wide-ranging conversation about the genesis… Read more

    Brazil Stalls Mega-Dam Out of Concern for Indigenous Communities

    May 12, 2016

    Indigenous allies in the Amazon celebrated an incremental victory last month as Brazil suspended plans to build the country’s second largest mega dam (after Belo Monte). This is a big win for our grantees, Movimiento Ipereg Ayu, a grassroots organization… Read more

    How to Challenge Large-Scale Mining in Latin America

    Apr 28, 2016

    In true David vs. Goliath style, Máxima Acuña, a 47 year-old Peruvian subsistence farmer and mother of four, stood up to Newmont Mining Corporation, owner of some of the world’s largest and most lucrative gold mines.  Máxima refused to sell… Read more

    Celebrating the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prizewinners

    Apr 18, 2016

    Congratulations to the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prizewinners for their truly visionary grassroots environmental leadership! We are especially thrilled to acknowledge Edward Loure and Máxima Acuna, members of grassroots groups Global Greengrants has supported in the past. We honor them and… Read more

    Inside the Struggle for Ecuador’s Cordillera del Condor

    Mar 10, 2016

    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

    Planting Hope in Brazil’s Countryside

    Feb 3, 2016

    Socio-Environmental Fund-CASA, Global Greengrants’ sister organization and grantmaking arm in Brazil, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It has supported environmental causes throughout Brazil, ranging from indigenous rights to forest protection. To honor this moment, CASA is sharing 10 of… Read more

    10 Top Grassroots Environmental Stories of 2015

    Dec 2, 2015

    People in communities around the world won national victories, gained critical ground in David and Goliath struggles, and successfully protected local environments and rights this year. Here is some of what they achieved—and what you helped make possible in 2015.… Read more

    Behind the struggle for Bolivia’s forests and peoples

    Oct 26, 2015

    By Dana Dallavale, Donor Relationship Manager From the Amazon to the Andes, Bolivia’s rich forests and vast high-altitude deserts are home to the highest percentage of indigenous peoples in Latin America. I recently spent a week traveling with our advisor… Read more