The Amazon basin is home to about half of the world’s remaining rainforest. It is the heart of terrestrial biodiversity. The trees of the Amazon cycle more water than the mighty river itself, playing a major role in the rainfall patterns of the continent and shaping the weather for our entire planet.

The Territory Follow-Up Conversation

Film Screening and Initial Conversation November 16, 2022 & Follow-Up Conversation Dec 2, 2022

The official film website notes that the film will be aired on National Geographic TV on Dec 1st and be streaming on Disney+ starting Dec 2nd.

We collaborated with Santa Cruz Climate Action Network to offer an online screening of this feature-length documentary, followed by conversation via Zoom.

Registered participants were emailed info about how to participate.


Synopsis: The Territory provides an immersive look at the tireless fight of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against the encroaching deforestation brought by farmers and illegal settlers in the Brazilian Amazon. With awe-inspiring cinematography showcasing the titular landscape and richly textured sound design, the film takes audiences deep into the Uru-eu-wau-wau community and provides unprecedented access to the farmers and settlers illegally burning and clearing the protected Indigenous land. Partially shot by the Uru-eu-wau-wau people, the film relies on vérité footage captured over three years as the community risks their lives to set up their own news media team in the hopes of exposing the truth.

Run-time: 83 mins ~ Produced by: Documist ~ Co-Produced by: Uru-eu-wau-wau community ~ Distributed by: National Geographic Documentary Films ~ Theatrical Release: August 19, 2022 ~ Streaming release: December 2, 2022 (Disney+)

The Amazon Rainforest is one of the world’s most important carbon sinks that can help reduce climate change. It is also among the most biodiverse places on Earth. All of this is at risk, as rates of forest destruction are increasing.


Novasutras is supporting the #Amazon4Amazon effort because it is a manifestation of agaya and ubuntu. The Amazon rainforest, including the animals and indigenous people who depend on it, need a solution that ends deforestation NOW and can help reduce climate change.

Meditate for the Amazon ~ Sign the Petition ~ Option to Boycott ~ Help Us Promote #Amazon4Amazon ~ More Ways to Help the Amazon Rainforest


As part of our support for the #Amazon4Amazon campaign, we offered a worldwide, synchronous guided meditation focusing on healing and wellness for the Amazon rainforest and all who live there. Sign up free to be part of the Novasutras Movement and we will send you the link to our recording of this guided meditation.

Experience the peaceful power in shared contemplation of the beauty and wonder of the Amazon rainforest and wishes for increasing well-being of this sacred place.

We meditated together on Friday, Novemeber 29th, 2019. You can access the recording by signing up for the Novasutras newsletter, using the button below.

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Squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus) By Ruben Undheim, via Wikimedia Commons

More Ways to Help the Amazon Rainforest

There are several organizations already directly involved in protecting and preserving the rainforests and peoples of Amazonia. Unfortunately, they do not have the financial resources and reach of or Jeff Bezos. While the signatures and small contributions most people could make to them are important, imagine what they would be able to achieve with billions of dollars from big donors.

  • Amazon Conservation Team – works to halt climate change, protect the Amazon and empower indigenous peoples.
  • Amazon Frontlines – supports the struggles of indigenous peoples to defend their rights to land, life and cultural survival.
  • Amazon Watch – protects the rainforest, defends indigenous rights and works to address climate change.
  • Cultural Survival – supports Indigenous Peoples’ struggle in defense of their identities, lands, and human rights.
  • Exit Amazon Oil and Gas – works to end financing and investment for any oil and gas activity in the Amazon biome.
  • Greenpeace International – petitions and direct action in defense of the Amazon and other endangered places and species.
  • Pachamama Alliance – partners with indigenous peoples in the Amazon to stand for their rights and the rights of Nature.
  • Rainforest Action Network – protects the Amazonian rainforest and rainforests around the world.
  • Rainforest Foundation – supports indigenous communities of Central and South America in securing land rights and protecting their lands.
  • Rainforest Trust – buys and protects land in rainforests around the world.
  • Sacred Headwaters – protects the ancestral territory of more than 20 indigenous nationalities and peoples in the headwaters of the Amazon River.
  • Survival International – works with indigenous tribes to preserve their rights and protect their lands.
  • TreeSisters – funds tropical reforestation efforts, with indigenous species, local knowledge, and promoting women’s participation.
  • The World Wide Fund for Nature – works to protect the countless species in the Amazon and around the world.

Some of these link descriptions come from, others include or summarize descriptions from the linked sources.

Make save the Amazon!

Do you know about any other organizations doing good work protecting the Amazon rainforest and its people? Please let us know in the comments below.