We address you today as part of our own family. It is only by realizing we are a larger family of human and non-human beings that we stand a chance of securing a future for those who will come after us. Imagine an unborn great-grandchild or other relative looking at you from the future and asking: if you knew what was happening to our rivers and forests, what did you do? We need to act as if all unborn great-grandchildren of all species are already here, asking us to act with maturity, discernment and responsibility, because, in fact, they are. They are already part of us and we are accountable to all of them. Our decisions need to take account of how we will impact those who will be alive seven generations from now.
The book "There is a Forest Called Amazon" tells the story of the Amazon forest from an Indigenous perspective, where humans are a manifestation of the forest itself. The text presents the destruction of the Amazon forest as something that is driven by 4 "attackers": greed, arrogance, vanity and selfishness. It intends to warn us about the dangers of reproducing these patterns and of the importance of our responsibility towards each other, the forest and the planet. As an exercise in global citizenship education, the text invites children to engage in teeny-tiny protests (with a cut out of chief Ninawa), and mini protests (with their families).
We see this text and the support from children and families as the flagship of this educational campaign. It is everyone's future that is at stake. And that is what we are fighting for.
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