Indigenous earth defenders have put out an urgent call for international solidarity and Amazon Watch, the National Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), and Extinction Rebellion are mobilizing a Global Day of Action for the Amazon on September 5th, directed at Brazilian embassies and consulates — but also the global corporations profiting from Amazon destruction.
Protecting forests and upholding the rights of Indigenous people is one of the most effective defenses we have against climate breakdown.
This devastation is directly related to President Bolsonaro’s anti-environmental rhetoric, which erroneously frames forest protections and human rights as impediments to Brazil’s economic growth.
Governments and companies around the world are emboldening Bolsonaro’s toxic policies when they enter trade agreements with his government or invest in agribusiness companies operating in the Amazon.
Targets for #Sept5Act4Amazonia protests on September 5th:
All actions should be non-violent. Planned events include protests, sit-ins, marches and vigils.
This is where we draw the line. We’ve had enough of companies promising they care about the environment while continuing to drive forest destruction. They need to act now — while there are still forests left to protect.
National Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)
Rainforest Action Network
Amazon destruction is not new, however, Indigenous people of the Amazon have been sounding the alarm about risks to the rainforest for years and resisting the destruction — sometimes at the cost of their own lives.