Amazon Aid Foundation supports independent journalism on illicit gold mining in the Amazon


Photo by Tomas Munita.

Photo by Tomas Munita.

Photo by Tomas Munita.

Series to publish on Mongabay

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, USA, Oct. 5, 2022 / — Amazon Aid Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organization that educates citizens around the world about the importance of the Amazon through art , science, multimedia and film, launched a program to support independent journalism focused on the Amazon. The initiative will support six stories that deal with the politics of gold mining in Amazonian countries; the impact of gold mining on indigenous peoples; supply chains and corporate responsibility, among other topics. The non-profit environmental science and conservation news platform, Mongabay, will publish the articles, the first of which can be read here.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of issues related to gold mining, one of the most dangerous and fastest growing threats to the Amazon, and an area of ​​expertise and central interest of ‘Amazon Aid and its Cleaner Gold Network. The articles will be produced in collaboration between Charles Lyons, a journalist who has written and produced content on the Amazon for more than a decade, and Charlie Espinosa, a consultant with more than five years of experience in writing and research on gold mining in the Amazon for NGOs. While Lyons and Espinosa are consultants with AAF, they will develop the stories as freelance journalists, without input from Amazon Aid.

“We are honored to be working on this in-depth article series at a particularly critical time,” Lyons said. “Mongabay doesn’t shy away from posting embarrassing stories, nor does the Amazon Aid Foundation support them.”

“Gold mining in the Amazon is a pressing global issue that has yet to receive the attention it deserves,” added Espinosa, lead author of the Tracking Amazon Gold report. “Charles [Lyons] and I’m uniquely positioned to write well-researched, timely stories that audiences deserve to hear.

Gold mining coverage in the Amazon has expanded significantly in recent years, with Mongabay at the forefront of its expansion, with particularly strong coverage of developments in Madre de Dios, Peru and the Amazon. Brazilian. This goal, along with the Amazon Aid Foundation’s core mission of educating the global public through the media about the threats facing the Amazon, particularly gold mining, has been a driving force in the development of this collaboration.

“We are thrilled to work with Charles Lyons and Charlie Espinosa to do in-depth reporting on this critical issue in the Amazon,” said Mongabay Founder and CEO Rhett Ayers Butler. “Gold mining is affecting habitats, wildlife and human populations across large swathes of the region. We are also very pleased to see that Amazon Aid Foundation recognizes the value and impact that independent journalism can have to raise awareness, inform key decision-makers, and help support an enabling environment for a wide range of stakeholders.”

“Issues related to illicit gold mining in the Amazon are still opaque to most people, and with the Amazon at the tipping point, the need for rigorous and unbiased journalism is urgent,” concludes the founder and President of the Amazon Aid Foundation, Sarah duPont. “Education is the cornerstone of everything Amazon Aid does, and we are honored to partner with Mongabay on this timely and vital program.”

About the Amazon Aid Foundation:
The Amazon Aid Foundation is a non-profit organization that harnesses the power of multimedia and film to educate about the importance of the Amazon and the implications of its destruction while promoting working solutions to protect it. AAF’s award-winning projects affect global policy change and inspire audiences around the world to engage in sustainable approaches to protect the Amazon and demand responsibly sourced products. , governments and citizens around the world, and support stakeholders in the Amazon to advance legislation and sustainable methods to protect and revitalize rainforests. The AAF supports and promotes advocacy efforts related to human and indigenous rights, clean water, species and habitat protection, and the regulation of illicit and unregulated gold mining. and the use of mercury.

About Mongabay:
Mongabay is a non-profit environmental science and conservation news platform that produces original reporting in English, Indonesian, Spanish, French, Hindi and Brazilian Portuguese drawing on more than 800 correspondents in some 70 countries. We are dedicated to objective, evidence-based journalism. To learn more about Mongabay’s impact and content, visit

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