Join Extinction Rebellion in a Protest to Protect the Amazon on Thursday, August 29 at 8am at the Brazilian Consulate (175 Purchase St., Boston). The Amazon has raging wildfires at a scale that can be seen from space! Since the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, took office this year there has been a 39% increase in deforesting the Amazon over 2018. More than 1,300 square miles were cut in the first seven months of his term. That’s the size of Rhode Island! And it puts him on pace to deforest an area larger than the whole of Massachusetts.
Bolsonaro is opening up Amazonia for increased cattle ranching, agriculture, and mining. At the expense of indigenous land. “Not one centimeter of land will be demarcated for Indigenous reserves,” Bolsonaro declared during the 2018 presidential campaign. This policy puts the one million indigenous peoples and 200,000 animal species that dwell in the Amazon at risk. Let’s let the Brazilian government know that they must respect indigenous rights!