ACT News

Let There Be Light: ACT and Barefoot College partner to bring solar energy to indigenous villages in Suriname

Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2015
ACT Suriname is partnering with the Barefoot College in the Solar Engineering Training Program. Through this program, two indigenous Trio women from Tepu will complete a six-month training in India from October 2015 – March 2016. Solar energy in the villages will provide communities with a clean and more reliable source of energy.

Amazon Conservation Team Presented with the Seeing a Better World Award

Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2015
In July, DigitalGlobe honored ACT with the Seeing a Better World Award. ACT has received complimentary imagery from the company since January 2014, allowing for drastically improved monitoring and protection of large swaths of rainforest. These images are an incredible gift that allow us to be on the forefront of satellite mapping for conservation.

ACT Raises $35,000 for The Trio Indian Shaman’s Encyclopedia

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In May 2015, ACT President Dr. Mark Plotkin asked our supporters to donate to a unique project in honor of his 60th birthday.

The project—to create the Trio Indian Shaman’s Encyclopedia—is the capstone on the work Mark began with the Trio people more than 30 years ago and will serve as a guide for tribal peoples throughout the Amazon seeking to protect oral shamanic knowledge.

Actor and Environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. joins ACT Advisory Board

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Amazon Conservation Team welcomes actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. to its Advisory Board.

Though still widely beloved for his role in the television series St. Elsewhere, he has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. And so committed is he to the conservation cause that he has been called "the conscience of the environmental movement."

A New Partnership in Suriname

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In the remote forests of Suriname, ACT is collaborating with students from the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), the Anton de Kom University (Suriname) and Suriname’s Institute for Natural resources to protect biodiversity in Trio and Wayana lands. Through this partnership, both students and ACT’s Indigenous Park Guards (IPGs) will gain important skills.

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