Amazon Watch Allies Australia Info Session

Saturday 28th June 4pm

Stirrup Gallery , Addison Rd Community Centre
Amazon Watch Allies Australia – Audio Visual Presentation
The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, covering an area larger than the continental United States. It houses one-third of the Earth’s plant and animal species and produces one-fifth of all its fresh water. Nearly 400 distinct Indigenous peoples depend on the Amazon rainforest for their physical and cultural survival. At current rates of deforestation, nearly 50 percent of the Amazon could be lost or severely degraded by the year 2020, and the vast majority will no longer be in a pristine state.
For almost two decades, Amazon Watch has stood with the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin, helping build a global movement of forest guardians, while using creative and effective strategies to confront urgent threats to one of our living planet’s most precious resources. Amazon Watch Allies Australia is a voluntary group working to extend the reach of Amazon Watch, in solidarity with Amazonian Indigenous communities to advance the rights to their land. The Amazon faces a myriad of threats and more than never they need our help. We want to help Amazon Watch build a global movement to protect the Amazon.
Amazon Watch: A Global Movement
Rainforests sustain us. They help regulate the global climate and are vital to maintaining the earth’s fragile balance. The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, it houses one-third of the Earth’s plant and animal species and produces one-fifth of all its flowing fresh water.
At current rates of deforestation, nearly 50 percent of the Amazon could be lost or severely degraded by the year 2020, and the vast majority will no longer be in a pristine state.
Amazon Watch and their Indigenous partners are providing a service to all humanity as they seek to defend the rainforest. Amazon Watch Allies Australia is a voluntary working group helping to build this global movement to protect the Amazon.

Panel speaker for Amazon Watch Allies Australia

Phil Bradley 
B.Eng (Civil) University of Sydney 
Grad. Dip in Education (Technical), Sydney College of Advanced Education
Dep President – Australians for Native Title & Reconciliation (ANTaR) NSW
Board Member of Climate Action Network Australia 
Life Member of the Australian Education Union & NSW Teachers Federation
Founding Member of Friends of Amazon Watch, Australia
Research Interests
Mr Bradley´s research includes exploring the important role Indigenous peoples are playing and can continue to play in educating non Indigenous people about how to sustain Pachamama so as to minimise the destructive impact of runaway global warming.
As an active member of the Greens, Mr Bradley focuses on public education as a critical element in transforming our global society through economic and social justice, peace and ecological sustainability.
Biography
After graduating Phil worked as a civil engineer for 13 years, always striving for environmental best practice, before turning to TAFE teaching for 13 years and then working as an Assistant General Secretary with the NSW Teachers Federation for 12 years. As a teacher and union officer he has also worked to promote human rights, international peace and action against global warming/climate change. He now does this full time as a volunteer and has witnessed environmental destruction in Ecuador and social justice reform in Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia, while travelling in Latin America.
More information:
http://www.amazonwatchallies.org.au – to be published in the coming days
http://cana.net.au – Climate Action
http://coolaustralia.org – Educating for a Sustainable Future
http://antar.org.au – Justice, Rights and Respect for our First Peoples
Introductory video to Amazon Watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q4lmPMbQIY
On Amazon Watch’s work for Brazil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pukn6EFT-GI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYssL_nvzlI
Yasuni Depende de Ti Campaign – on Amazon Watch’s work for Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyhEcn6bn8o
How Chevron poisoned Ecuador’s Rainforest.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btVnmtQkXaw
A funny satirical video about Amazon Watch work against Chevron:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be9XncS8tiA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_kAifa3q4c