If Yanomami is ill, so is Planet Earth
The Yanomami Indigenous Territory is the largest of its kind in Brazil and was established in 1992 by the government. The Yanomami people believe they are the guardians of the Amazon Forest - in the words of Shaman Davi Kopenawa: “there is only one sky and we must take care of it, if it becomes sick, everything will come to an end”.
Last month, Brazilian government declared a public health emergency in the Yanomami Indigenous Territory. Shocking images of starving children and elders were made public, bringing attention to the tragedy caused by years of illegal mining in this region of Amazon.
Protecting the rights of Indigenous and local communities, and strengthening their economies, is not just the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do. Indigenous people take care of forests better than anyone in the world, and we all need healthy forests to slow climate change.
The Green Team Brazil created a fund-raising campaign to support the Yanomami people through the work of ISA – Instituto Socioambiental, a non-profit organization devoted to defend Brazilian indigenous communities and their socio-environmental diversity.
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