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Our friend Mitch Anderson at Amazon Watch travels to the Achuar territory.

For centuries the Achuar people have lived in harmony with the Amazon rainforest.  But now, the unrelenting drive for oil has reached the deepest regions of their territory.  Canadian oil company Talisman Energy has already cleared hundred of kilometers of seismic lines in the northern Peruvian Amazon — and is now beginning to drill exploratory wells.

This is a photo essay from a recent trip into the territory of a fierce, beautiful people defending their lands against the threat of oil development.

To find out more about the Achuar and their struggle please visit the Amazon Watch website, and keep updated about new events and how you can help on FacebookTwitter, and by signing up to Amazon Watch’s email list.

All photos © Mitch Anderson.

About The Author

Mitch Anderson

Mitch has been working in the fields of journalism and human rights since graduating from UC Berkeley in 2003. Currently he is working as the Corporate Campaigns Director at the environmental and indigenous rights organization Amazon Watch. He likes fiction, old newspapers and strangers. He lives in the Mission district of San Francisco.

  • Ross

    Thank you so much for sharing these images and stories with us, Mitch. Keep up the good, important work you’re doing!

  • Stephen Chapman

    Fantastic photos!

  • Mitch

    Thank you brother! In Ecuador now, but will be heading back to Achuar territory in a week…see you in SF mid August..

  • Nancy Harder

    Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful, vivid photos with us, Mitch. The photo essay really tells a moving story. Glad to know what we can do to help.

  • Michael Tyson

    Good work sir. The mood of the photos feels a little hopeless to me. Was this your experience or am I projecting my cynicism?

  • David

    Beautiful Mitch.
    Merci mon frere.

    Be safe.

  • Huntington

    Great photos Mitch. Keep on keeping on.

  • neha

    Amazing shots. Thanks for sharing this Mitch.

  • Nick

    Fantastic pics, important story. Thanks for sharing these!

  • Sara

    Beautiful photos, Mitch. Number 10 is my favorite.

  • Ryukyu Mike

    Excellent presentation. Keep up the great work.

  • Abbie

    Ditto on the amazing photos – we need people like you to bring awareness about what oil companies are doing all over the world, not just the big oil spills that we hear about on the news.

  • Andreas

    Oil companies are going to realize how important is the enviroment , until a cataclism. Fuck them. Stop buying oil.

  • Koranimal

    Really great photos! It is so important to bring the visual to the reality – thank you for sharing!

  • Nate

    Incredible photography and content! All the best

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