- May 17, 2021
More than 60 Brazilian bishops who work in the Amazon presented the Brazilian Senate with a letter recommending that the country’s upper house withdraw a bill because it threatens extensive damage to public forests and traditional populations.
Less than a week before the U.S.-sponsored Leaders Summit on Climate, environmental and religious leaders said they are worried about talks on how to preserve the region and are asking government officials from the U.S. and the Amazon to look at kindly at the rainforest and its peoples.
Catholic organizations are trying to pressure Brazil’s government to do more to protect the South American country’s environment, especially in its Amazon region.
Two hospital boats sent to the remote communities of the Amazon region in Brazil to treat COVID-19 patients have suspended operations after their entire staff tested positive for the coronavirus on February 11.
Countries in Latin America have had difficulties obtaining vaccines as wealthier nations have secured the lion’s share of doses already produced and those in the pipeline, often far more than they need, and national programs have been criticized for internal inequities.
A devastating second wave of COVID-19 in Amazonas State has caused the healthcare system to collapse and raised the mortality rate in the region to 190 deaths per 100,000 people, the highest one in Brazil.
With a severe draught in many parts of the country, Brazil is now seeing a record number of wildfires, especially in the Amazon rainforest and the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland.
With the objective of giving more visibility to the increased violence against those who defend social and environmental rights, Brazil’s Catholic Church has launched the “Life by a Thread” campaign.