Indigenous rights are increasingly seen as key to protecting environments like the Amazon. But in Brazil, political instability threatens to push back progress and open up indigenous lands to development.
To mark International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we find out how indigenous groups are fighting to preserve their native lands and resources.
Construction of the Gibe III dam on the Omo River displaced indigenous groups who had called the area their home for centuries. Now their land, with its delicate ecosystem, is also under threat.
Indonesians took part in the annual May 1 demonstrations in Berlin to protest the destruction of their livelihoods by HeidelbergCement. The German cement company denies their new plant will do environmental damage.
Candido Mezua is an indigenous leader from Panama who was present at the recent violent protests in Brazil. At the climate conference in Bonn, he tells DW why it's crucial for indigenous peoples to defend forests.
This is protest in Brazil: A samba school has pitted itself against Big Agriculture to bring attention to the country's native people during Carnival.
First Australians who have sustained their land for millennia have become the last line of defense in the fight against one of the world's largest coal mines. If it goes ahead, it could damage the Great Barrier Reef.
"There can be no renewal of our relationship with nature without a renewal of humanity itself." – Pope Francis, Encyclical on the Environment and Human Ecology
A Global Witness report reveals 2016 as the deadliest year yet for environmental defenders. International investors are accused of bankrolling the projects that hundreds of people have been killed protesting.
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"We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet." - Stephen Hawking
This week marks the 50th anniversary of a referendum where people voted yes to finally include Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people in the census. It's seen as a landmark decision in the struggle for equal rights for Australia's indigenous people who had long been considered second-class citizens. What change did the referendum bring and how are Aboriginal people faring today?
Canada is marking its 150th birthday this year, with celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa this weekend on July 1st. However, not everyone in Canada will be in a mood to celebrate. Canada's indigenous peoples have been there for thousands of years - long before it came to be what we now know as Canada.
The goverment of Ecuador has made many areas in the Amazon region accessible for mining companies. However, the area is predominantly inhabited by the indigenous Shuar people who fear displacement and the destruction of the environment.
"The earth is our mother, we'll never have another," chant environmental activists in the US. Their leader, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, is still a teenager, but he's already a star of the American conservation movement.
Burger King has pledged to stop deforestation by 2030 - that's just greenwashing, environmental activists say. Suppliers for the fast food chain are still responsible for deforestation in South America.
"As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest." - Nelson Mandela
We put people first. We lend a voice and a face to issues of our time: Human rights, migration, sustainable development.
High powered fruit at the Green Week in Berlin: Smoothies mixed with muscular strength.
Germany's biggest job fair for refugees helps them find work
Hundreds of protesters have clashed with riot police and harassed spectators attending a bullfight in Bogota as the spectacle returned to Colombia's capital.
Marijuana has been found to treat a wide variety of medical conditions — and now many parents are saying it even helps their children deal with autism.
The concrete industry is one of two largest producers of CO2, creating up to 5% of worldwide man-made emissions of this gas. That's why concrete recycling is becoming popular.
Former huntsmen in Cameroon's Korup National Park are giving away their guns in exchange for new motorcycles
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