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Amazon Watch is a San Francisco based non-profit that "campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems.”

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It’s easy to forget how important certain ecosystems have been to the development of human civilization. With agriculture, industry, and transportation, we can make any place on this earth habitable. In many parts of the world there are groups of people who are still living close to the land–they depend on nature for their survival and their ways of life. In fact, there are “nearly 400 distinct indigenous peoples [who] depend on the Amazon rainforest for their physical and cultural survival.” That’s why Amazon Watch was founded in 1996. They are a San Francisco, CA based non-profit that partners “with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems.”

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Amazon Watch has a great video on what they’re doing and why it’s important. Watch below:

It’s all about protecting an ecosystems–and that becomes more important when so many people are so closely linked to that ecosystem. It’s not only the people who live in the Amazon, it’s us too. The Amazon has such a significant impact on the health of our planet as a whole that we should be worried about it for selfish reasons as well. If you’d like to help Amazon Watch work towards “a world that honors and values cultural and biological diversity and the critical contribution of tropical rainforests to our planet’s life support system,” visit their Careers page. Right now they’re looking for a Media & Communications Officer.

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