ACT in the Press

Are you ready to delve into ACT's work across northern South America? In the stories below, you'll learn more about our projects, as well as meet some of our key partners, including indigenous leaders. Written by journalists at prominent publications, ACT staff or friends of our organization, these articles provide a glimpse into our myriad programs.

The Kogis Return to the Ocean

by: Mariana Escobar Roldán
Publication: El Espectador (May 2013)

Five centuries ago, before the Spanish made their way to the Caribbean on their route to the Indies, a major portion of the communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta lived along the ocean, undertook long journeys in search of fish, and gathered caracuchas, similar to a snail, which they consumed crushed and mixed with coca leaves in order to improve their thinking and communication.
"The sea was our mother”: so says the creation myth of the Kogi.

ACT Helps Establish Indigenous Leadership Fund

by: Alexa Ramírez
Publication: El Lider (May 2013)

An agreement for 1.3 billion pesos to be disbursed from a special government royalty collection fund was signed yesterday between the Governor of Caquetá and indigenous communities in the department.
The signing of this agreement is intended to support the organizational strengthening of at least 12 indigenous groups in the department, a process that will be led by the communities themselves, as related by Wairanina Jacanamejoy Mutumbajoy, coordinator of the Departmental Indigenous Council.

Launch of Amazonia Atlas "Amazonia under Pressure"

Publication: RAISG (May 2013)

As a partner within the RAISG network through ACT-Suriname, ACT is delighted to announce the publication of the RAISG atlas “Amazonia under Pressure.” RAISG (Red Amazónica de Información Socioambiental Georeferenciada) is a collective of organizations working in Amazonia that utilize and share georeferenced socio-environmental information to achieve pan-Amazonian representations of the environmental and social health of the region.

ACT Advisory Board member Jane Goodall on climate change: We’ve just been stealing from our children.

Publication: Agence France-Presse (February 2013)

Jane Goodall greets the audience by imitating a chimpanzee, then launches into an hour-long talk on her relationship with apes and how, from being a primatologist, she became an activist to protect them.

At 78, Goodall, who has 53 years of studying chimps behind her, is still criss-crossing the planet to raise the awareness of populations and their leaders on the fate of the apes and the need to protect the environment.