Amy Woodrow Arai

Author: Amy Woodrow Arai

Since graduating with a degree in politics and development, Amy has been working on issues concerned with Indigenous rights, biodiversity protection, alternative economics and action on global climate change.

She worked with the Native Spirit Foundation, which provides a platform for dialogue between the Indigenous world and modern societies, coordinating an annual film festival and workshops, screenings and events through the year.

She also worked at the Gaia Foundation, working with communities to revive Indigenous knowledge to secure land, seed, food and water sovereignty and to protect Sacred Natural Sites. She worked specifically on highlighting the devastating impact of the global extractive industries and supporting communities to strengthen resistance to mining in their territories.

Concerning the challenges that face humanity today, she believes that there is much to learn (and re-learn) from Indigenous cultures and traditional knowledge. She is also excited by the many possibilities and social movements presenting alternatives to our unsustainable global economy.

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Ecuador: The Last Push For A Chance Of A Reprieve On Yasuní

• March 13, 2014 • Comments (3)
Ecuador: The Last Push For A Chance Of A Reprieve On Yasuní

“Do you agree that the Ecuadorean government should keep the crude in the ITT, known as block 43, underground indefinitely?”

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Buy Nothing Day: Shop Less, Live More

• November 29, 2013 • Comments (0)
Buy Nothing Day: Shop Less, Live More

Most of us have been marketed in every sphere of our daily lives since infancy and the average urban adult is exposed to over 3,000 adverts per day. Until we challenge the entrenched values of capitalism – that the economy must always keep growing, and that it depends on constant and increasing consumption – we’re not going able to deal with the gigantic psychological, financial and ecological crises of our times.

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A World to Win

• October 23, 2013 • Comments (0)
A World to Win

21st century capitalism isn’t working. Systemic change is needed, and while it requires us to build movements to challenge injustice, we ultimately need to go beyond resistance to the status quo and create the world we want to see. The stakes are high, the challenges great – yet we’ve got the world to win!

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ORIGINS – Festival of First Nations

• October 6, 2013 • Comments (0)
ORIGINS - Festival of First Nations

ORIGINS FESTIVAL, LONDON. Wednesday 23 October – Sunday 3 November For a packed twelve days from 23 October to 3 November 2013, Border Crossings brings to London some of the world’s foremost indigenous musicians, dancers and choreographers, theatre-makers, visual artists, film-makers and cooks, to perform and inform, to exhibit and explain, to debate and celebrate at […]

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Native Spirit Film Festival 2013

• October 1, 2013 • Comments (0)
Native Spirit Film Festival 2013

The Native Spirit Foundation announces its 7th Annual Film Festival: 12-19 October 2013 at SOAS, London This year’s festival will screen over 30 films celebrating Indigenous cultures, premiering award-winning films and contributions from across the globe, and hosting several Q&A panel discussions with international guests. The programme of films includes documentaries, feature films, shorts and animation from […]

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Yasuní-ITT Initiative to be Scrapped.

• August 21, 2013 • Comments (2)
Yasuní-ITT Initiative to be Scrapped.

As we career towards a catastrophic 2˚C+ global temperature increase, all that glitters is still black gold.

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Active Hope with Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone – Review

• August 7, 2013 • Comments (1)
Active Hope with Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone - Review

Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone share the discoveries they made during the writing of their co-authored book: Active Hope: How to Face the Mess we’re in Without Going Crazy.

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The Art of Protest – The Internet, Activism and Resilience.

• July 11, 2013 • Comments (5)
The Art of Protest – The Internet, Activism and Resilience.

For many of us, the internet and social media have saturated our everyday lives, a constant stream of information and images – from the banal to the ridiculous to the profound. Social media has also revolutionised revolution, we have seen in the last few years how it has facilitated the organisation, coverage and reporting of […]

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The Act of Killing – Film Review

• July 10, 2013 • Comments (0)
The Act of Killing - Film Review

In 1965, the Indonesian government was overthrown by the military in a supposed response to an attempted communist coup. Indonesia’s first president Sukarno was disposed and replaced by right-wing General Suharto, who immediately banned the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). During 1965 and 1966 up to a million Indonesians were massacred. Hundreds of thousands more were injured, disappeared, raped and imprisoned without trial. […]

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What Price Community?

• June 14, 2013 • Comments (0)
What Price Community?

Clapham Pottery is a not-for-profit community pottery housed in a beautiful old rectory in Clapham Old Town. It has recently been threatened with closure.

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