10 thoughts on “Amazon rainforest threatened

  1. Isolated tribe will be protected

    BRAZIL: The government has confirmed the existence of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rainforest.

    Three clearings in the Vale do Javari reservation, which is around the size of Portugal and home to at least 14 uncontacted tribes, were identified by satellite and aircraft later confirmed that they were settled.

    Brazil’s policy towards such tribes is not to make contact with them but to maintain their isolation in order to preserve their autonomy.



  2. Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:41:41 -0400

    From: avaaz@avaaz.org
    Subject: Murder in the Amazon

    Dear friends,

    The Amazon forest is at risk. The Brazilian Congress has watered down strict forest protection laws and brave Brazilian activists are being murdered for speaking out. It’s time for us to take this critical battle global — if we all call on President Dilma to veto the bill, we could save the Amazon.

    Sign the petition

    The Amazon is in serious danger, the lower house of the Brazilian congress has approved a gutting of Brazil’s forest protection laws. Unless we act now, vast tracts of our planet’s lungs could be opened up to clear-cutting devastation.

    The move has sparked widespread anger and protests across the country. And tension is rising — in the last few weeks, several prominent environmental advocates have been murdered, purportedly by armed thugs hired by illegal loggers. The timing is critical, they’re trying to silence criticism just as the law is discussed in the Senate. But President Dilma can veto the changes, if we can persuade her to overcome political pressure and step onto the global stage as a leader.

    79% of Brazilians support Dilma’s veto of the forest law changes, but their voices are being challenged by logger lobbies. It’s now up to all of us to raise the stakes and make Amazon protection a global issue. Let’s come together now in a giant call to stop the murders and illegal logging, and save the Amazon. Sign the petition below — it’ll be delivered to Dilma when we reach 500,000 signers:


    People love Brazil! The sun, the music, the dancing, the football, the nature — it’s a country that inspires millions around the world. This is why Brazil is hosting the next World Cup, why Rio has the 2016 Olympics and next year’s Earth Summit, a meeting to stop the slow death of our planet.

    Our love is not misplaced — the Amazon Is vital to life on earth — 20% of our oxygen and 60% of our freshwater comes from this magnificent rainforest. That’s why it’s so crucial that we all protect it.

    But Brazil is also a rapidly developing country, battling to lift tens of millions out of poverty, and the pressure to clear-cut and mine for profit on its political leaders is intense. This is why they’re dangerously close to buckling on environmental protections. Local activists are being murdered, intimidated and silenced, it’s up to Avaaz members across the world to stand with Brazilians and urge Brazil’s politicians to be strong.

    Many of us have seen in our own countries how growth often comes at the expense of our natural heritage, our waters and air get polluted, our forests die.

    For Brazil, there is an alternative. Dilma’s predecessor massively reduced deforestation and cemented the country’s international reputation as an environmental leader, while also enjoying huge economic growth. Let’s come together now, and urge Dilma to follow in those footsteps — sign the petition to save the Amazon, then forward this email to everyone:


    In the last 3 years, Brazilian Avaaz members have taken massive leaps towards the world we all want: They won landmark anti-corruption legislation, and have lobbied their government to play a leadership role at the UN, protect human rights and intervene to support democracy in the Middle East, and help protect human rights in Africa and beyond.

    Now, as brave Brazilian activists are being killed for protecting a critical global resource, let’s come together, and build an international movement to save the Amazon and herald Brazil as a true international leader once more. Sign the petition, then forward this email to everyone:


    With hope,

    Emma, Ricken, Alice, Ben, Iain, Laura, Graziela, Luis and the rest of the Avaaz Team


    BBC — Brazil passes ‘retrograde’ forest code:

    AP — Another Amazon activist killed in logging conflict:

    Mongabay — Majority of Brazilians reject changes in Amazon Forest Code:

    Science Insider — Furor Over Proposed Brazilian Forest Law:

    Guardian — Death in the Amazon: a war being fought for us all:

    Washington Post — Brazil’s lower house approves looser forest protections:

    Brazil’s forest bill threat to Amazon


  3. Workers demand land reform funds

    Brazil: Thousands of rural workers surrounded the Finance Ministry in Brasilia today to demand more funds for land reform, saying that £180 million that the government has allocated this year to a land reform bureau is not enough to address their needs.

    Nearly 50 per cent of arable land in Brazil belongs to just 1 per cent of the population, according to official statistics.

    The activists are demanding that thousands of families be granted deeds to what they say is unused land.



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