Editor’s note: Brazilian indigenous and climate activist Adriano Karipuna says it’s too late to save the world’s largest rainforest, as recent evidence claims legal and illegal logging is on the rise Seeking international help before. The following quote from Adriano has been translated and was given in his direct message.
Adriano Caripuna, a Brazilian indigenous activist who is fighting globally to protect the Amazon rainforest, said, “The past four years have been the most deforested and threatened by encroachment. Rivers are flooded with mercury. polluted with , many animals have disappeared and trees have died.
Adriano is one of the leaders of the Caripuna indigenous people of the Porto Velho Rondonia region in the upper Amazon basin of northwestern Brazil. Prior to becoming Adriano’s leader, the Kalypuna tribe had not addressed their struggles and terror with the world, but in 2018 Adriano announced international support for the endangered rainforest. That changed when I addressed the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples with a plea to collect
The Kaipuna lived in isolation until the 1970s, when agricultural and logging activities expanded and non-Indigenous people flooded into the rainforest areas. This exposed the Kalypuna tribe to violence and disease, and today their tribe consists of fewer than 60 living members of her. But regardless of its size, Adriano explains: Although the Caripuna land is officially recognized by the Brazilian government, it has consistently been one of the most illegally logged areas in Brazil, and Adriano claims the government has failed to intervene.
Despite brief publicity at the United Nations more than four years ago, Kalipuna says nothing has improved within the Brazilian Amazon as a result of Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has been in office since 2019. In fact, according to a new report, 2021 has set a new record for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon — a 20% increase from the previous year. Mapbiomas, a Brazilian-based organization of universities, NGOs and technology companies, explains in its 2022 report: Additionally, the Brazilian Institute for Space Research (INPE) used satellite imagery to document deforestation during his first three months of 2022, showing a 64% increase compared to the previous year. Bolsonaro has kept his promise to open up the Amazon to mining and agriculture, so legal deforestation is on the rise. Many in Brazil, like Adriano, also believe that illegal deforestation has increased in recent years because the current government has failed to hold illegal loggers and farmers accountable. thinking about.
At this breakneck speed, Adriano continues to look for ways to protect the Amazon and plans to return to Europe within the next month to participate in a panel on climate change. We see it as an important opportunity to hold our employees accountable. “The Brazilian government has failed to comply with international agreements to protect forests and indigenous peoples.”
Kalipuna has fought for legal protection within Brazilian courts, as well as speaking to the United Nations and other foreign organizations. This year, the Kalypuna tribe filed a lawsuit against the Brazilian government, their states and FUNAI (Brazil’s National Agency for the Protection of Indigenous Peoples) for lack of protection against illegal logging. Adriano, as his people’s representative, is currently attending law school to better understand the legal system in order to continue to defend his people after this lawsuit. had been out all night on the streets from the Amazon to attend law classes.
Of course, Kalypuna and the region are not the only ones facing the effects of environmental destruction. Lavinia Candido Neves was born and raised in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas, Brazil’s largest state. Located in northern Brazil, it is the only intra-Amazon city with a population over her one million.
Neves explains: The flow and quantity of water are being compromised, affecting many people who rely on natural resources as their primary source of income. ”
Forest degradation is not a new problem, but Neves believes these practices have become “increasingly brazen” and many have criticized the Brazilian government under the current conservative government.
Despite these allegations, the Brazilian government maintains that the situation is improving and that the government is intervening where necessary. Introduced when shared the “Amazon Plan”. The plan was introduced by Vice President Hamilton Mouran of the controversial Bornazaro government and prioritizes mitigating deforestation in his 60% of the Amazon. Its most ambitious goal is to bring deforestation down to his 2016 levels, but critics were quick to point out its lack of enforcement.
Talking about these latest environmental promises from the Brazilian government, Adriano said, “Brazil has lied to other countries by saying it will end deforestation.” He believes those who speak out against the government are in greater danger than ever before. Adriano explained that many indigenous people have been murdered recently by land-grabbing invaders, likely due to Brazil’s increasingly lax arms policy, and that these murders have not been brought to justice. says.
Adriano’s statement about the killings in the Amazon came in June 2022, when British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous Bruno Pereira were traveling through the Amazon to gather information for an article about illegal deforestation. comes after a global protest that was murdered by The suspect was charged with murder, but the story raised many questions to the public about the “truth” Phillips and Pereira were trying to uncover before his tragic death.
Deforestation in the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, has global consequences, but the scale of these impacts is often overwhelming to scientists. J. Keith Gilless, a professor of forest economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and former dean of the College of Natural Resources, whom he considers his two biggest threats in dealing with deforestation. emphasizing things. Biodiversity loss and carbon floods.
“The biggest loss is that whenever we’re deforestation in the tropics, we’re driving biodiversity loss,” Gilles said. “The Amazon is one of the great biodiversity hubs and the biodiversity in the Amazon is good enough that you don’t know what you’re missing until you lose it.” These ecosystem changes is unpredictable and unprecedented.
Second, carbon floods set in motion a series of events that contribute significantly to climate change. Gilless explains: The process of deforestation has set off a series of events that make the region a tremendous source of carbon dioxide emissions. ” This flow of carbon into the atmosphere has massive global impacts. In fact, deforestation is second only to burning fossil fuels in terms of carbon emissions, which scientists directly link to climate change.
As deforestation continues to increase, threatening local people and the planet’s climate alike, scientists believe time is running out to save the Amazon. Individual activists, such as, continue to spread their message in hopes of gaining support.Adriano tells readers abroad: “My Kalipuna people need help and our forests are very threatened. “