The fight against the climate crisis—which is also the fight against human extinction—depends on the protection of Indigenous peoples' rights. We are the front lines of protecting the Amazon forest and many other sensitive areas in Brazil and around the world. Now is the time to act for our human and other-than-human relations, and for our collective future.
Our only chance in this fight is to raise the alarm and try to wake everyone up, in all generations, to work together to face our responsibilities to each other and the whole planet. We need everyone to do what they can to spread the word and halt the upcoming government efforts to cancel Indigenous rights, confiscate Indigenous lands, and remove protections for the Amazon forest. We are asking each of you to take part in this campaign, not just for our own sake, but for the sake of continued life on this planet.
We need to do the work of protecting the Amazon collectively. We need help in protecting our territories, our knowledge, and our spiritual practices that can help us and all of humanity. We have to remember that we can exist in a different way on this planet.
There is no way to move forward without dealing with what happened in our past. We need to wake up to the reality that our planet is sick, that we are part of the disease, and that it is our responsibility to seek healing in order to help ourselves and our own planet.
From now until August 20th, we call everyone to organize mini-protests to be shared on social media, and from August 20th to 25th to organize larger protests against the landmark Supreme Court Ruling of Marco Temporal on August 25th in Brasilia.
We call Indigenous peoples to spread the message of this campaign given the implications of what is happening as a precedent for what could happen to Indigenous peoples everywhere. Please send us prayers, songs, letters, videos and/or messages of support.
We call artists and cultural workers to help us to create an online gallery of artworks that address the complexities of the urgent global climate crisis and the threat to Indigenous rights everywhere. We invite artists to share Creative Commons works.
We call non-profit organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), foundations, and community groups to create a network of support and a form of collaboration that can enable us to work together in the long haul.
We call students and academics to organize teach-ins and virtual and physical protests (classroom, department, zoom) using images or videos to be shared here and on social media.
We call kids and families to sign the intergenerational pledge, to read Chief Ninawa's story "A Forest Called Amazon", to send us drawings, and to organize micro- and mini-protests for the Amazon, for Indigenous rights, and for the future of the planet.
We call professionals, unions and professional associations to commit to adding their voices in support of Indigenous rights and the protection of the Amazon, and of all environmentally sensitive areas in the planet.
We call businesses and political leaders to support ethical and sustainable practices related to Indigenous rights, to the Amazon, and to the climate agenda.
We call journalists and the media to commit to documenting and raising awareness about current threats to Indigenous rights, the Amazon forest, and all other ecologically sensitive areas around the world.
We call climate activists to direct the energy of the climate movement to protecting the Amazon and the rights of Indigenous peoples in Brazil and everywhere. We ask the movement to help organize large-scale protests from August 20th to 25th and to place Indigenous rights at the centre of the climate agenda.