The Condor And The Eagle
Support Indigenous Alliances from the Tar Sands to the Amazon
Submitted by: Clement Guerra (Updated March 23rd)
“Violence against Mother Earth is violence against women, the two are inextricably linked” Melina Laboucan-Massimo
Photograph by Ayşe Gürsöz
There is only 5 days to help us complete this large scale initiative. As 2015 Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo puts it here, "I am very impressed with this inspiring Indigenous alliance initiative - bringing together Indigenous leaders from the North and from the South. The Condor And The Eagle is an important Documentary Film in the making, witnessing how the Indigenous people are organizing their communities around Mother wisdom."
Help out if you can. Any amount helps. If each of the people we know, you and a few of your friends would donate $1 we would be well over our goal. That is incredible to imagine.
We need your support to make sure our brothers and sisters from the Amazon and North America grow this driving force we need in the face of growing climate chaos.
With solidarity and respect,
Sophie & Clément
This is our second video of The Condor And Eagle - Mini Series. Within the coming months, we will release 6 videos. Each video will walk you through some of the many eye-opening experiences we have gone through the past year.
Come aboard and fly over the boreal forest and share the lives and voices of Fort Chipewyan inhabitants. This community is heavily impacted by tar sands developments. Their way of life has been jeopardized and their future as a community is now being threatened. We stayed 2 weeks over there and found resilient individuals and a community in resistance. They remind us a very important fact: WE ALL LIVE DOWNSTREAM!
This initiative aims to explore the solutions available to the many impacts of industry’s expansion of “extreme” crude oil on global and regional ecology and on the welfare of Indigenous communities.
These funds will finance the trips of 8 indigenous environmental leaders from North America to South America, facilitating the creation of bonds and alliances with the local Indigenous communities.
Canada’s tar sands operations are a global environmental disaster with more than 140,000 km² total exploitable reserves — an area larger than England. Tar sands is the biggest energy project in the world, currently producing 1.9 million barrels of oil a day. The impact of the Alberta tar sands on local First Nations communities is devastating, but this massive extractive industry is a concern for communities all over North America and the entire globe.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
We committed to create a documentary film, “The Condor and The Eagle,” that weaves together the story of 4 individuals (2 from the U.S. & 2 from Canada - 3 women and 1 man) who in their way take a stand against corporate pollution, organizing communities where they live. Each person is involved in the fights against the tar sands (Northern Gateway pipeline, KXL pipeline, Houston refineries, oil tankers.) In 2015, they will travel to South America's Amazon Rain Forest to meet Indigenous communities impacted by similar extractive industries.
“The Condor and The Eagle” is not the goal but the means to bring about change and convince people of the urgency to act NOW! Therefore our project is a call to action: to facilitate alliances and raise awareness on an international level. It encourages people to join forces and work together (like our key-people do) towards stopping the tar sands development.
Until now, we have managed to fund the first 10 months of our journey in Canada and the U.S. following our four key-people where they live & their efforts to build bridges between local communities. In the coming 10 months, we will fund and organize their trips to South America, facilitating the creation of bonds and alliances with the local Indigenous communities. Our project acknowledges the importance of women leadership and its importance in this setting of an emerging climate movement to protect our Mother Earth. Thus, 3 of our 4 key-people are Indigenous women.
The folowing issues will be addressed:
- The rise of the environmental movement
- Continued Indian genocide caused by the modern industrial projects
- Climate Change
- Intercultural Awareness
- Women’s Leadership
- Rights of Nature
- Community Organizing Strategies
The key-people will achieve the following in South America:
- Partnerships with youth organizations in Ecuador/Peru organized by the youth and for the youth
- Bonds and alliances while working on the creation of a women treaty between Indigenous women from the North and the South
- Awareness on Yasuni National Park sellout to petrochemical extractive industrie