On September 5, 2019 dozens of demonstrations across 5 continents advocating for the protection and preservation of the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous peoples. Amazon Watch, the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and Extinction Rebellion coordinated the almost 60 actions.
In more than twenty countries across six continents, thousands of people marched, blocked traffic, displayed art, and held vigils, sit-ins, and other events to stand in solidarity with indigenous communities fighting to protect their homes from destruction.
This is a critical moment for the Amazon and our global climate, and an incredible opportunity for all of us to do our part to stop the destruction and promote the protection of the world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest in the world.
In Brazil alone, nearly 11,500 square miles of forests have been consumed in August, quadrupling the area burned in 2018. This is the equivalent of 4.2 million soccer fields. Over 900,000 hectares have been burnt in Bolivia’s Chiquitano Forest.
Approximately a third of today’s fires are raging in protected areas of the Brazilian Amazon – including indigenous territories – where more than 3,500 fires have been detected across 148 indigenous lands.
Learn what you can do to help at http://amazonwatch.org/amazonfire