“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir
Some of the problems:
Every day, extractive industries and illegal loggers threaten the livelihoods of indigenous and tribal populations living within the rainforests. Despite international agreement that calls for the consultation and consent of indigenous peoples regarding decisions that affect their lands, they continue to be left out of those critical conversations. Every time the forest is cut down or oil is spilled or land is overtaken, it is not just the earth, the animals and the people who live there that are affected – the global community is, as well.
How you can help:
Rainforest Fund believes that the power of positive, collective discourse is essential in protecting the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples. We look to you – artists, students, photographers, environmentalists, advocates, academics, filmmakers, economists, professionals, the impassioned – to come together with your writing, photos, videos and illustrations to generate a most dynamic conversation.
At the beginning of each month, but as often as they wish, selected volunteer bloggers will be asked to contribute a piece of writing (about 500 words), a photo accompanied by a description or a video that reflects relevant RFUND issues including, but not limited to:
- Indigenous & tribal populations
- Human rights
- Sustainability and Climate Change
- The Rainforests
- Land rights
- Economic rights
- Social rights
- Water access
- International organizations
- UN conventions
- The environment
Bloggers are urged to be creative!
Please submit to Madeleine Lesser, Development Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org), the following:
- letter that includes your experiences, backgrounds, fields of interest/study/work that influence your desire to participate
- brief writing sample – can be an excerpt from a longer work (no longer than 750 words)
- list of other blogs in which you participate(d) (if applicable)
- relevant photos/illustrations/media (if applicable)
Each June and January (starting in 2014), recognition for the most inspirational post will be awarded and select postings will be featured in our annual report.
We look forward to hearing from you!