« When you cut down the trees you assault the spirits of our ancestors. When you dig for minerals you impale the heart of the Earth. And when you pour poisons on the land and into the rivers – chemicals from agriculture and mercury from gold mines – you weaken the spirits, the plants, the animals and the land itself. When you weaken the land like that, it starts to die. If the land dies, if our Earth dies, then none of us will be able to live, and we too will all die. »
- Chief Raoni Metuktire
Now in his 90’s, Chief Raoni Metuktire is still fighting for the life of his people’s ancestral territory in the Amazon rainforest. He filed a complaint on January 22, 2021 before the International Criminal Court in The Hague against Jair Bolsonaro. He accuses the Brazilian president of crimes against humanity for his criminal acts against the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon.
Brazil’s far-right president seems to have environmental amnesia.
Bolsonaro demands financial assistance from the international community to meet the commitments his country made in 2015 at the climate summit in Paris. But during the years that he has been in power, the agribusiness corporations, the logging companies and the gold miners and organized criminals who underwrite them have never been so officially encouraged by the government…
In 2015, I asked Cacique Raoni Metuktire what we could all do to help the Kayapo and he said: « Please tell people to stop eating beef. »
We can help Indigenous peoples and Nature by boycotting all products from deforestation; gold, palm oil, exotic wood, soy, beef, etc.!