“We may die fighting to defend the rain forest,” says one man. “We would prefer passive resistance, but this may not be possible. We will not start conflict, but we will try to block them and then what happens will happen.”
Patricio Jipa, a former president of the indigenous community of Sani Isla in Ecuador, spoke these words in early January. We first met Patricio Jipa in the summer of 2009 when he was the elected chief of his Amazon indigenous community, and a guide at their community-owned ecolodge. It was my first of several annual visits to the community.
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