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    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

    Six grantees win the 2015 Equator Prize

    Sep 28, 2015

    Photo of Mary Robinson and 2014 Equator Prizewinner Alicia Cahuilla Congratulations to this year’s Equator Prize winners! Last week, the United Nations Development Programme announced the 20 outstanding grassroots groups that won the prize for their work to advance sustainable… Read more

    Amazon women on the front lines: the Waorani

    Sep 17, 2015

    Words and photos by Caroline Bennett Meet the Waorani of the Ecuadorian Amazon. They are fighting for traditional life and championing alternatives to threats to their ancestral territory—one of the wildest, most biodiverse places on the planet. The Waorani have… Read more

    Afro-Colombians campaign against aerial fumigation – and win

    Aug 3, 2015

    By Carley St. Clair For 21 years, the drone of low-flying planes has been omnipresent throughout the state of Cauca, Colombia. Otherwise healthy people have had troubling breathing, babies have been born with birth defects, women have had miscarriage after… Read more

    The power of unity: lessons from the Biennial of the Americas

    Jul 27, 2015

    By Nicole Schmitt, Grants Administrator Imagine if cities around the world united to address systemic social justice and environmental problems. On July 17, I attended a panel discussion at the Biennial of the Americas—a festival to celebrate ideas, culture, art,… Read more

    Inside Chile’s “Patagonia Sin Represas” movement

    Jul 28, 2014

    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. Read more

    Defeating HidroAysén – Chile’s biggest environmental victory ever

    Jul 28, 2014

    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. Read more

    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... Read more

    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>> Read more

    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... Read more