"I am the environment. I was born in the forest, and I grew up there. I know it well. Without land and nature, we can’t live, the world can’t work." — Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami shaman
The Amazon and its peoples are under attack, and they urgently need your support in their fight for the forest .
In the Amazon rainforest today, an area over the size of 2 soccer fields is being destroyed every single minute. Right now, indigenous peoples are on the frontlines of Amazon destruction and are fighting to defend their lands and lives.
They are also defending the lands and lives of the world’s uncontacted tribes, the most vulnerable peoples on the planet. Uncontacted tribes’ knowledge is irreplaceable and has been developed over thousands of years. They have a deep understanding of their natural world through botanical and zoological wisdom and demonstrate unique solutions to sustainable living. Many of the drugs used in Western medicine originate with tribal peoples, and have saved millions of lives.
Evidence proves that protecting indigenous lands is the most effective way to protect the Amazon, the most biodiverse place on the planet. In tribal territories, deforestation rates are five times lower and forest fires are 9 times less common. By supporting indigenous communities, you help protect countless bird, mammal, insect, fish and tree species that are vital for all of humanity’s future.
We need you to stand with indigenous peoples.
The Yanomami people of Brazil and Venezuela live in and protect over 40 million acres of forest. Currently they face the invasion of their lands by up to 20,000 gold miners , who spread malaria and are polluting many of the rivers with mercury. This has serious health and livelihood impacts on the Yanomami — and children are dying as a result.
Even more dangerously, some mining camps are just a few miles from uncontacted Yanomami, who have no immunity to outside diseases and will likely be wiped out if miners enter their lands. Yet, Jair Bolsonaro, the President of Brazil, wants to open up their land further for logging, mining, and farming.
But the Yanomami are fighting back. One key in this fight is connecting Yanomami communities across the vast Yanomami territory via radios. These radios enable effective and swift reporting of illegal mining so the Yanomami can fight land invasions. The radios are vital for the Yanomami’s efforts to protect their rainforest. They are a lifeline enabling communities to radio for urgent medical help.
Every $5,000 raised can buy and install one radio for the Yanomami association, Hutukara, and contributes to vital campaign work by Survival International in defense of the Yanomami and uncontacted tribes across the Amazon.
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