In our on going effort to connect you deeply to our work in South America and around the world, we publish articles about the people, places, and ideas that are related to our work to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world.
The Achuar are a group of indigenous peoples in the Amazon, with a rich, ancient culture, who partnered to create The Pachamama Alliance.
Learn about The Achuar
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Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve is a thriving refuge run by the indigenous Achuar people as part of a vision for preserving their ancestral lands and way of life.
About Kapawi Ecolodge
An ancient Quechua word, sumak kawsay means “good living” or the “good life.” Throughout South America, it is a way of living in harmony within communities, ourselves, and most importantly, nature.
Learn about Sumak Kawsay
Yasuní is a thriving tropical rainforest in Ecuador’s northeastern region, and reputed to be the world’s most biologically diverse forest.
Learn about Yasuní
Located at the foot of the Tungurahua volcano, Baños is a mystical town of waterfalls, hot springs, and miracles.
About Baños, Ecuador
Transformational Leaders inspire their followers and align followers to tasks that optimize their performance. Transformational Leadership connects the followers’ identity to the mission and the collective identity of the organization.
About Transformational Leadership
Transformative Learning is a method of learning that allows for a change in the worldview or “frame of reference” of an individual. Life altering events trigger an individual’s desire to create new perception of the world and cultivate that perception into one that can be articulated and validated to peers.
About Transformative Learning
Appropriate technology is technology that involves energy efficient and environmentally sustainable methods in order to achieve the desired benefits of modern technology without causing harm to the environment and the communities involved.
About Appropriate Technology
Personal growth and development entails a change in the mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of your life. It is a journey that is unique to every individual and will help create a more satisfying and meaningful life.
About Personal Growth and Development
Environmental Awareness is the development of knowledge, understanding, and consciousness of the physical environment and the anthropogenic problems that plague it.
About Environmental Awareness
Social justice is the equal distribution of opportunities, rights, and responsibility despite differences in physical traits and/or beliefs and behavior. It is an international and multifaceted issue that fights for better treatment and equality of people.
About Social Justice
The people of the rainforest is a broad term that includes all indigenous tribes who dwell in the rainforest. Among them are the Achuar who have reached out to the modern world to defend their homeland from devastation. In partnership with The Pachamama Alliance, they continue to work to preserve the rainforest.
About People of the Rainforest
Environmental Rights are the protection of natural resources; the access to and use of natural resources; and how the access to and use of these resources affects surrounding populations, as well as the resources themselves.
About Environmental Rights
The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines deforestation as the “permanent removal of standing forests.” The removal, however, occurs for a variety of reasons and has a variety of devastating consequences.
About Effects of Deforestation
Large resource development and infrastructure projects such as the building of roads, pipelines, and dams raise a lot of indigenous rights issues in the Amazon rainforest.
About Indigenous Rights in the Amazon