Protest to Protect the Amazon
Aug. 29, 2019, 8 a.m.
The Amazon has raging wildfires at a scale that they 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 7 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 1 million indigenous peoples and the ~200,000 animal species of the Amazon at risk.
Come join us from 8-9am at the Brazilian consulate in downtown Boston to let the Brazilian government know they need to respect indigenous rights! The address is 175 Purchase Street, Boston.
We will be on the street outside the consulate.