Amazon Watch, a nonprofit that works to protect the rainforest, the rights of indigenous peoples and cultural and biological diversity in the Amazon Basin, reports that over one hundred global environmental, indigenous, and human rights organizations have now united in resistance to the measures being adopted by the Brazilian government threaten environmental and human rights – particularly those of indigenous people and agricultural workers.
“Denounce and resist” is the motto that is now unifying these groups into a coordinated movement spanning legislative, legal, and public spheres. The groups are resisting measures proposed by Brazil’s ruralista (agribusiness lobby) that would produce a greater quantity of land concentrated into the holdings of large private interests and less economic sovereignty for small-scale agricultural producers.
Tragically, the Brazilian and U.S. governments are now aligned in opposition to their own former national commitments regarding Climate Change. By trampling upon the rights of indigenous people the two countries are now perpetuating destruction on both a social and environmental level.