Pipeline perils in the Peruvian Amazon

As always, Jean Ann shares links about things we want to know about. This provocative short video shows how pipelines are as much an issue in the Peruvian Amazon as here.

Stephanie Boyd, a Canadian filmmaker and storyteller, has lived in Peru for nearly 20 years. This year the Amazon rivers near her have seen 13 pipeline spills, leaving entire communities without drinking water or fish protein. She's trained local radio producers in filmmaking, and together they're working to tell this story.

Stephanie was a storyteller for the arts event at the 12th World Social Forum, held for six days last August in Montreal, the first time in a Northern country. The WSF is the largest civil society gathering to find solutions to current problems. Started in 2001 in Brasil, tens of thousands of people take part in over a thousand activities on various themes. It creates a plural, diversified and decentralized context in which organizations and movements can build another world.

Why should we in Canada care about the Amazon? The world's largest source of biodiversity, with 20% of our planet's fresh water, the Amazon is crucial in mitigating the effects of climate change. Scientists say the Amazon's destruction will affect the grainbelts of North America. And of course, we're struggling with all kinds of questions around pipelines, too. Again, here's her three-minute video

If you can, consider donating to her campaign soon to finish the full documenary about the pipelines and people of the Amazon and share it with Indigenous communities in Canada.