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    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

    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