Prior to leading Amazon Watch as Executive Director, Leila served as Program Director, overseeing the organisation’s campaigns to defend the Amazon and advance indigenous rights. Her 15+ years of experience working to defend the world’s rainforests includes grassroots organising and managing international advocacy campaigns as Campaign Director of Rainforest Action Network’s Agribusiness campaign, Organizer for initial Amazon Watch Clean Up Ecuador campaign, and Organizer at Global Exchange. She is a graduate of both the University of California at Santa Barbara and Green Corps and is an utterly tireless and passionate advocate of climate justice and fighting for the Amazon people and indigenous communities who live within it.

Today we will discuss the peril of losing any more of the precious Amazon, but also the incredible wins and success she has overseen. This is an ultimately inspiring and inspirational conversation, and I hope it encourages everyone to action this Climate Week. Now over to my conversation with Leila.



Useful links for this episode.


Amazon Watch – An Environmental Conservation Organisation supporting Indigenous peoples and Protecting the Amazon Rainforest, which Leila Salazar-Lopez is the Executive Director of.

Report by Amazon Watch, The Amazon Rainforest-Sized Loophole in Net Zero.

AMAZONIA 80% x 2025 supported by Amazon Watch – a global pact for the permanent protection of 80% of the Amazon by 2025.

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