We hear from co-founder and executive director Tom Wheeler about how and why he does what he does….
‘After my daughter was born, I shifted my energy from the corporate world to supporting Indigenous peoples and the protection of the environment. I did this as I believe that we’re in urgent need of a cultural / ecological revolution. One that can only happen if we start listening to those who still live in balance with the natural world.
I believe our destiny is bound together and our actions now, will define our collective future. I fight for the forest by amplifying Indigenous voices, bringing together likeminded impact makers, and directing resources to the guardians of nature, who fight on the frontlines to protect the Amazon and all life within. This is the legacy I want to leave for my daughter and the world’.
We’re proud to announce a new product collaboration with Dilmah Tea, with all proceeds donated to our forest guardian program.
Dilmah is a Sri Lankan origin owned brand. It was the first producer owned tea brand that would offer tea handpicked and packed where it’s grown, ensuring great taste and natural goodness; making it one of the finest teas of the world. The Dilmah philosophy – business is a matter of human service – is what makes the brand the first ethically produced tea.
In their own words…
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In June / July 2023, there was a new invasion by illegal loggers into the Maró Indigenous Territory. Following weeks of talks led by Chief Dada, the Borari people have removed all operations, with the loggers leaving the area.
Following this big success, we have now placed Indigenous Territory signs at every access point into the area, ensuring their land rights are respected and the forest protected.
Following the recent application to be recognised as an Indigenous territory (Incidentally, the only one submitted during the Bolsanaro goverment) and the report published by De Standaard, which you can read here , we are pleased to announce that there has been a successful operation carried out with the federal police to stop the local soy farmers illegally expanding their lands.
We support and stand in solidarity with the Munduruku and Apiaká communities who continue to face many challenges. Both directly and by funding the Maparajuba legal collective who are helping them in there land right claims and disputes.
Following the official launch of the Treesistance on June 22nd 2023, on behalf of Treesistance, Chief Dada the Head of our Forest Guardians program, has been featured in a variety of leading Dutch media publications and platforms.
NRC – ‘Neighbourhood Watch for the Amazon’ read more here
CAKE and Treesistance Join Forces to Protect the Amazon Rainforest and Empower the People Who Call It Home
Every day, the Amazon rainforest loses an average of five football fields of trees per minute to deforestation. A new collaboration between Swedish e-Bike manufacturer CAKE and forest defenders Treeesistance is poised to change that. Leveraging CAKE’s lightweight, whisper-quiet, off-road, 100% solar-powered Kalk AP electric motorcycles, the partnership aims to protect the Amazon rainforest and its people by safeguarding endangered species and combatting illegal deforestation. Treesistance is a new platform focused on the protection of the Amazon, created by Sinchi, a Dutch non-profit founded in early 2016 to support and assist Indigenous-led actions against the violation of their rights and the destruction of the environment.
On 15th June 2023, we partnered with leading global advertising agency and collaborative partner Wieden + Kennedy.
The evening brought together leaders of Amsterdam’s creatives industries, impact makers, brands and activists to talk about environmental action, the Amazon rainforest and support of the Indigenous peoples.
As a result numerous new allies committed to the cause and multiple collaborations discussed. Watch this space for more updates….
Chief Dadá Borarí (Head of the Forest Guardians Program), Tim Boekhout van Solinge (Head of Forest Crime Prevention) and Tom Wheeler (Excutive Director) of the Treesistance, were joined by national and international press to discuss forest crime prevention in the Amazon.
Last May, for the first time in many years, the trend of increasing deforestation in the Amazon was broken. In fact, the Indigenous Marò area in Brazil’s Pará state has completely eliminated illegal logging since the end of 2019. The fact that the Amazon is now doing relatively well in Marò is largely due to the the forest guardian model created. With limited, but very innovative resources, they managed to create one of the best protected areas in the Amazon. Now they are going to intensify the fight together, launch the new Treesistance movement and by the end of 2023, we will have over 9 Indigenous groups in different territories, bringing 1500km2 of primary rainforest under protection.
A Defining Moment for Amazon Protection and Collaboration – Celebrated Indigenous leader Chief Dadá Borarí will embark on a European tour alongside Treesistance in June 2023. His mission is to shed light on the vital importance of protecting the Amazon and to emphasize the desire of Indigenous communities to collaborate and partner with Western organizations and individuals.
As the esteemed chief of the Maró Indigenous territory, spanning 420 km2, Cacique Dadá is widely recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the region. He gained global attention in 2022 when he was featured in the film “The Letter,” which portrayed him as the representative of the Amazon and Indigenous people during a meeting with the Pope at the Vatican. Additionally, as the Head of the Forest Guardian program for Treesistance, he plays a pivotal role in leading training initiatives across various territories.
Cacique Dadá’s European tour will encompass a series of impactful events, including a special appearance on the Green Futures stage at Glastonbury. The tour will culminate in the official launch of the Treesistance platform at the Moving Arts Centre of Amsterdam (MACA) on World Rainforest Day.