Leila Salazar-Lopes (Amazon Watch), “Defending Indigenous Rights and Territories to Protect the Amazon and Climate” (Yale Forest Forum)

Event time: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 12:00pm
Marsh Rotunda, Marsh Hall See map
360 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06510-1714
Event description: 

Leila is a mother; proud Chicana-Latina woman; and passionate defender of Mother Earth, the Amazon, indigenous rights, and climate justice. Since 2015 she has served as the Executive Director of Amazon Watch, leading the organization in its work to protect and defend the bio-cultural and climate integrity of the Amazon rainforest by advancing indigenous peoples’ rights, territories, and solutions, including solar for energy, communications, and transport in the Amazon. For 20+ years Leila has worked to defend the world’s rainforests, human rights, and the climate through grassroots organizing and international advocacy campaigns at Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange, and Green Corps. She is a 1998 graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Leila lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband and two young daughters. Follow Leila on Twitter: @LeilaSalazar10