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Amazon Conservation Team

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THE STORY:

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Since 1996, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) has partnered with more than 30 indigenous tribes, outfitting them with the tools and knowledge to monitor, sustain and protect their ancestral rainforests.

Our experience prepared us for one of our biggest challenges to date: defending the rights of uncontacted peoples—and their forests—in the northwest Amazon. 

In July, seven members of an isolated tribe emerged from the rainforest and made peaceful contact with villagers near the Peru-Brazil border, seeking help. Through the use of translators who spoke a related language, the Indians described violent attacks on their communities—elders were massacred and their longhouses were set on fire. The most likely culprits: illegal loggers and cocaine traffickers. 

Many uncontacted peoples in the western Amazon face similar threats: not only are they witnessing increased incursions into their territories, but even peaceful encounters can introduce diseases against which they have no natural immunity.

Through ACT’s innovative efforts, we are working with local scientists, contacted tribes and government officials to protect these cultures and their rainforests, all while avoiding contact.

Through overflights, ACT established the location of some of these communities, and also assisted the Colombian government with essential information so that it could pass legislation prohibiting mining, logging and other destructive activities in this territory. In addition, ACT partnered with the Colombian National Park Service and local indigenous communities to create an indigenous park guard program to monitor and protect the land. Through these actions, ACT gives a voice and protection to people who otherwise have no way to defend their rights.

By donating to ACT, you partner with us and enable us to carry out this important work, as well as our other initiatives in northern South America. Thanks for being part of the team!

Thank You Gifts

  • Please follow our celebrity representatives Jeff Bridges, Julian Lennon, Susan Sarandon and Tico Torres on Facebook and Twitter. They will post about some special opportunities.
  • For the first new donor who gives $10,000, ACT's President Dr. Mark Plotkin will speak at the gathering of the donor's choice (only available for people in the lower 48).

$24,702

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kelly W.

    $20

  • Bill Cook

    $100

  • TK

    $500

  • Kelly Wessell

    $20

  • Paul Auerbach

     

  • Sunder Srinivasan

    $75

  • Errol

    $36

  • Michael Weitz

    $36

  • ABG

    $20

  • Allan Tatar

     

  • Hollye Ferreira

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Tim T

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Dennis Glick

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Raquel Gomez

     

  • Harold Montgomery

    $10

  • C Arrien

    $25

  • Karen Alvarez

    $30

  • H Farris

     

  • Carlos

    $25

  • Miranda Smith

    $500

  • Roberta Smith

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $6,000

  • Ion Yadigaroglu

    $2,000

  • Sean Gates

    $50

  • David Newhouse

    $1,000

  • Ursula Maria Gérard

    $100

  • Louise Prowse and Rebecca Glew

    $100

  • Chuck Lapeyre

    $1,000

  • Connor and Shannon O'Brien

    $100

  • Dr. Frances T. Borella

    $250

  • Bernard Aronson

    $10,000

  • Joshua Strauss

     

  • Dan Liberthson

    $250

  • William Cameron

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Suzan Arce

    $25

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The Team: $75,315 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Mark Plotkin

Amount Raised

$24,702

Fundraiser Title

Liliana Madrigal

Amount Raised

$14,295

Fundraiser Title

Karen Schaufeld

Amount Raised

$10,000

Fundraiser Title

Wesley Stevens

Amount Raised

$4,468

Fundraiser Title

Michael Band

Amount Raised

$3,075

Fundraiser Title

Julian Lennon

Amount Raised

$2,615

Fundraiser Title

Jeff Bridges

Amount Raised

$2,419

Fundraiser Title

Megan Morrison

Amount Raised

$1,875

Donor Comments

Suzan Arce

Suzan Arce

DONATION: $25

6 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

6 years ago

William Cameron

William Cameron

DONATION: $1,000

6 years ago

Dan Liberthson

Dan Liberthson

DONATION: $250

In memory of Susan Eastwood. 6 years ago

Joshua Strauss

Joshua Strauss

6 years ago

Bernard Aronson

Bernard Aronson

DONATION: $10,000

With respect and admiration for the entire Amazon Conservation Team for the important work you do in our hemisphere. 6 years ago

Dr. Frances T. Borella

Dr. Frances T. Borella

DONATION: $250

6 years ago

Connor and Shannon O'Brien

Connor and Shannon O'Brien

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Chuck Lapeyre

Chuck Lapeyre

DONATION: $1,000

6 years ago

Louise Prowse and Rebecca Glew

Louise Prowse and Rebecca Glew

DONATION: $100

Just listened to your talk on Ted. This really resonates with us as we have just returned from Peru. Keep up the great work and if you need any volunteers let us know. We are returning to South America next year but this time we are going to Brazil. People like you and your associates are what this world needs more of. 6 years ago