Posts Categorized: Project Work

Meet the Amazon Tribespeople Who Beat Chevron in Court—but Are Still Fighting for Clean Water

(Photo: Alexander Zaitchik)   This article has been reposted. Original content for the publication can be found at www.takepart.com. Find the link at: http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/10/30/amazon-tribes-chevron-lawsuit-ecuador-oil-pollution By Alexander Zaitchik Alexander Zaitchik is a freelance writer based in New Orleans. He has written for The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, and many others. With the judgment […]

Going Undercover for Water Quality

By Alex Goff, Field Coordinator I probably should have put more thought in to a backstory I realized as I reached the door of the agrochemical shop. Upon entering I was hit with the chemical stench of industrial fertilizer. The shop was rather bare. Several shelves displayed bottles of different shapes and sizes, whose contents […]

Supporting Community Led Environmental Monitoring in the Wake of An Oil Spill

It started as a rainbow sheen on the surface of the turbid waters of the mighty Aguarico River, but within hours it turned into a thick layer of crude oil that stuck to the bottom of canoes, accumulated in stagnant inlets, and smeared the rocky shores of indigenous villages for miles downriver. It was July […]

Building Rainwater Catchment Systems in a Kichwa Community

By Alex Goff, Field Coordinator Before a day of physical labor in the Amazon, it’s customary for the Kichwa people to follow breakfast with a huge bowl of chicha, a thick, slightly fermented yucca beverage. Chicha wards off hunger until the next meal, whenever that may be, and provides a buzz that adds a hop […]

Meet the Indigenous Mappers

Over the past 6 months, ClearWater has supported a group of youth from the indigenous nationalities of the northern Ecuadorian Amazon who have been taking a GIS mapping course at the University of San Francisco in Quito (USFQ). Students are learning the skills and technologies necessary to produce professional and detailed maps. Maps have long been […]

ClearWater’s New Map and the Mad Genius Behind It

The central component of ClearWater’s recent website relaunch is the new, cutting-edge, interactive online map that displays the impact of oil drilling and industrialization on the once-pristine rainforest region of Ecuador’s northern Amazon. But in addition to the negative impact, the map allows the user to scroll around and zoom in to learn about the […]

A Video Tour with ClearWater to Mark Our ‘Re-Launch’

Yesterday, we unveiled a new ClearWater website, with an amazing new interactive map, overviews of some of ClearWater’s new programs—territorial mapping, new media training, legal advocacy—and a powerful new photo-montage video narrated by the inimitable Peter Coyote. While the website overhaul was happening and the re-launch being planned, work in the field hasn’t slowed down […]

Visiting Homes for ClearWater

  By Alex Goff, Field Coordinator Over the past two years ClearWater has been refining the process of building rain catchment systems with the indigenous nationalities of Ecuador’s northern Amazon rainforest. An early step, and one of most important in this process, is to visit every home in the communities that will be participating in […]

Miwaguno and Tobeta: The Need For Water

By Alex Goff, Field Coordinator Along the Via Pindo, amid a snaking network of oil roads, mestizo farmer communities, Shuar and Kichwa villages, oil wells and company outposts, sit the Waorani communities of Miwaguno and Tobeta. This is block 14, operated by the Chinese oil company Andes Petrol, a seemingly lawless land on the frontier […]

Remediation in Rumipamba

The Kichwa community of Rumipamba has been at the epicenter of Texaco’s contamination in the region and the 20-year legal battle to bring the company to justice. Rumipamba community member Maria Aguinda is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against the company. As a result of Texaco’s operations, local water sources are highly polluted and […]