Number 10 – Evaristo Nugkuag
Evaristo Nugkuag (born 1950) is an activist for environmental and indigenous people causes. He is a member of the Aguaruna people. He organized the Alliance of the Indian Peoples of the Peruvian Amazon (AIDESEP) and Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica “COICA” to serve indigenous people and 1986, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for “organising to protect the rights of the Indians of the Amazon basin.”
To this day he continues to fight valiantly for the rights and land of indigenous groups and hopes to preserve their balanced way of life so that they and the natural world can benefit. Humans are only just beginning to understand that rampant capitalism and consumerism have become severely lost on their way. If the consequence of increased comfort is the destruction of nature then maybe it’s time the developed world learned and listened to indigenous people. At 70 years old Evaristo is as passionate as ever about stopping the rot and we commend his commitment to a powerful cause.
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