- Sep 24, 2020
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.
As deforestation increases in the Amazon and the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads throughout the region, the Brazilian Church has decided to create a campaign to raise awareness on the need to stop the destruction of the rainforest and its peoples.
Church leaders sent a strong message of support to an unprecedented virtual assembly of more than 3,000 indigenous leaders, small farmers, environmental campaigners and women from the nine countries of the Amazon region seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Hutukara Yanomami Association and Brazil’s National Council for Human Rights petitioned the Organization of American States to issue a restraining order for the Brazilian government, so illegal miners and gold miners withdraw from indigenous land.
It’s a paradox that the ancestral guardians of the world’s lungs now “lack oxygen to survive,” says one missionary to the Amazon region, which has been hard hit by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Deep in the Amazon, a perfect storm of environmental issues came to the attention of the world through a series of fires in the rainforest that lasted from August through October.