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The Mayangna Resolve to Save the Rainforest, their Homelands

Occupy the Earth: Global Environmental Movements

ISBN: 978-1-78350-697-2, eISBN: 978-1-78350-686-6

ISSN: 2051-5030

Publication date: 26 November 2014


The Mayangna lead the way to understand necessary steps for protecting the rainforest. Their actions demonstrate the possibility for social justice given respect for true ecologically sustainability. To begin, they fought to obtain ownership of their homelands, thereafter, they battled legally and even with their lives to defend their boundaries and everything within them. The Mayangna insist indigenous land ownership, the protection of their rights, and a respect for their traditional forms of management lead to the continued protection of the rainforest and other areas critical to the survival of the global ecosystem.




This writing has been sponsored by the University of Hawai “i – Kaua”i Community College’s National Science Foundation – Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (T.C.U.P.), grant #HRD – 1265462. Special thanks to the Mayangna people, Noe Coleman, Eng. Agustin Jarquin Anaya, Ignacio Javier Hernandez Policarpo, Claus Kjærby, Dr. James Dire, Dr. James McManis, and my family, dad, mom, Michael and, my daughter Kristina.


Greer, N.M. (2014), "The Mayangna Resolve to Save the Rainforest, their Homelands", Occupy the Earth: Global Environmental Movements (Advances in Sustainability and Environmental Justice, Vol. 15), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 117-136.



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