sTOP BRAZILS PRESIDENT FROM DESTROING THE AMAZON
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Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, campaigned on a plan to sell off major portions of the Amazon rainforest to agribusiness, mining. and hydro-power.
“Minorities have to adapt to the majority, or simply disappear,” he said on the campaign trail, adding that under his administration, “not one square centimeter” of Brazil will be reserved for the country’s indigenous peoples.
Thirteen percent of the land in Brazil is protected indigenous territory in the Amazon rainforest, where most of the world’s last uncontacted tribes take refuge. Bolsonaro has said he wants to put all of that land on the auction block.
Contacted members of the Awá of Brazil, only 100 of whom remain uncontacted by civilization
Since his election on October 28, he’s announced a merging of the ministries of agriculture and the environment — the latter of which was supposed regulate the former — into a new “super ministry” to oversee his plan.
The new ministry will be headed by politicians from the “beef caucus,” a group of lawmakers who have historically opposed indigenous land conservation, supported agricultural expansion, and attempted to relax slave labor laws.
Not only is this a grave attack on the human rights of Brazil’s indigenous people, but also on their ability to continue acting as the best defenders of the world’s forests,” writes Becca Warner, an environmentalism journalist for The Ecologist.
“We need all the forest we can get, to capture carbon from the atmosphere and keep it locked away,” she says. “In fact, scientists agree that halting deforestation is just as urgent as reducing emissions.”
Bolsonaro should have little trouble pushing his agenda through Congress, as it is currently dominated by a three-wing political alliance known as the Bancadas do Boi, do Bíblia e da Bala.
In English, those are the political representatives of “Beef” (ranching and agribusiness), the “Bible” (religious conservatives) and “Bullet” (the military).
Indigenous peoples and their supporters say the new push to open protected forested lands to agriculture and mining has clear genocidal implications.
More than 20 land rights activists have been killed in Brazil so far this year, with most deaths linked to conflicts over logging and agribusiness
Fifty land rights campaigners were killed in Brazil last year for trying to protect forests from illegal logging and the expansion of cattle ranches and soy plantations, according to Global Witness.
BY SIGNING THIS PETITION WE CAN SHOW WE CARE FROM AUSTRALIA. These people are some of the oldest tribes in the world and all so the land there custodians of is one of the most important to mankind. destroying this for profit would be a grate loss to humanity in every way. Pushing these people in to city's would be an atrocity. Most of these people are illiterate and know nothing of the out side world. Its a human rights issue we need to stand up for. This land not only belongs to these tribes but the world. The amazon is one of the most diverse land masses in this world. By spreading the word on social media we will present the results to the Brazilian government as well as the UN. In addition to any other organizations that do land conservation. Do you bit save the amazon and its people.
I'm south American and this course is close to my hart I'm all so a shaman and work closely with the knowable these people have give us. The plants the land offers and its people. It brackets my hart to hear this. If this president is not stopped this people will have no homes and we will lose a piece of this planet that no amount of money can restore.
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