We’re fighting the harmful conservation practices of governments, corporations and big conservation organizations towards tribal peoples. We’re two campaigners from Survival International, AUA!
We’re Mike Hurran and Rebecca Spooner, two campaigners for Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights.
We’re really excited to talk to you about our ‘Tribal Conservationists’ campaign, in which we’re fighting the practice of illegally evicting tribal peoples from their ancestral homelands in the name of conservation. Tribal peoples face arrest, beatings, torture and death, while fee-paying big-game hunters are encouraged. The WWF, for example, funds eco-guards in Cameroon who have beaten and tortured Baka Pygmies. We’ve called for the WWF to stop funding this abuse but it's still happening.
We argue that tribal peoples are the best conservationists and have nurtured and protected their environments for generations. The best way to ensure conservation is to recognize their land rights and allow them to care for their environment.
We’d love to talk to you about the campaign and anything else that you’d like to discuss, including our personal experiences and any other tribal peoples that we work with.
We strongly believe in giving tribal peoples a voice, whilst enabling them to live the life that they want. We work closely with tribal peoples and have close relationships with a number of prominent indigenous activists including Davi Yanomami, Mauricio Yekuana, Jumanda Gakelebone, Roy Sesana and Madegowda.
Survival’s successes include securing land rights for the Yanomami people in Brazil, defending the Jarawa in India from being turned into a tourist attraction, and taking on the government of Botswana and big mining corporations on behalf of the Kalahari Bushmen.
We'll start answering questions from 1pm EST (along with Lewis, our media officer). Ask us anything!
EDIT - Thanks for all your great questions. If you still have some things you'd like to ask feel free to post them and we'll answer them soon