The end of the most traumatic period of this year 2020 is finally in view, as Covid vaccines are being distributed, recovery has become reality even if it is still far away for the whole world. The pandemic has trained its death and destruction of livelihood on all the ethnic minorities of the world, men, women and children, and has underlined even more the profound disparities in access to vital elements like clean water, electricity, education, and health systems. But the ending is likely to … [Read more...] about Indigenous communities and the Pandemic: THE VACCINE
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Please go to https://www.forestpeoples.org/en/lands-forests-territories-inter-american-human-rights-system-rights-land-natural-resources/news … [Read more...] about Update from Costa Rica: court orders eviction of indigenous people and Public Prosecutor’s Office archives case of murdered leader
COVID-19 AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES – THE RAINFOREST FUND - __________________________________________________ Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Rainforest Fund realized that because of the systemic iniquities and discrimination indigenous communities face, indigenous peoples will suffer disproportionally from COVID19. So getting in touch with them we learnt that they were powerless in front of this new disease because of lack of access to essential services, sanitation, clean water, … [Read more...] about COVID-19 AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
The fate of the world’s remaining indigenous peoples, the fragile environment they occupy, and the valuable knowledge that they embody could well be decided once and for all by the new disease COVID19, which is spreading at great speed across all the continents and certainly will hit the indigenous communities of the Americas, Africa and Asia if governments and corporations which have invaded their territories do not take all the necessary steps to protect them. Let’s not forget that ever since … [Read more...] about COVID19 AND THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES OF THE WORLD’S RAINFORESTS
When suddenly your travel plans are cancelled because of the coronavirus, you want to understand the why, how, where and when all this happened. So I spent some time to go through articles from Jonathan Watts “Habitat loss threatens all our future” The Guardian November 17th 2018, Katarina Zimmer “Deforestation tied to changes in disease dynamics” the Scientist. NY January 29th 2019, and more and I share with you my understanding and my … [Read more...] about A LINK BETWEEN CORONAVIRUS AND DEFORESTATION?
The Rainforest Fund 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Sting & Friends “WE’LL BE TOGETHER” Hosted by Robert Downey Jr. with DMC, EURYTHMICS, Bob Geldof, Debbie Harry, Ricky Martin, John Mellencamp, MJ Rodriguez, Shaggy, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Sumner, James Taylor, Adrienne Warren, and Zucchero Produced by Trudie Styler Musical Director Narada Michael Walden The Rainforest Fund presents a celebration of the artists and songs of the 80s and 90s, when music and activism united to … [Read more...] about Rainforest Fund 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert
Legend has it that the Emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burned; while obviously bristling at the dubious factoid that such a stupid man could have been a musician, none of us, including me, can be complacent about the tragic dimensions of the disaster taking place in the Amazon as I write. Amazonia is on fire at an unprecedented rate –nearly 80 % up from last year and with 39% more deforestation and the world is suddenly taking notice. Populist leaders citing nationalist … [Read more...] about STATEMENT: Sting on the Amazon’s Wildfires
As far as I am concerned it is difficult to give a forthright answer to this question although I think that there is always a pros and cons in any issue we deal with., but here we are talking about the survival of the indigenous cultures and languages. In fact, the cultural debate on the issue of ICT, its pros and cons is not going to die soon. It is for some a double-edged sword, for others a computer-mediated colonialism, but it can also be a powerful agent of change for the indigenous … [Read more...] about INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT): IMPACT ON INDIGENOUS CULTURES?
Brazil — The new President Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in on January 1st. He feels emboldened to roll back rainforest protections and legitimize the police’s use of deadly force. According to a good article from The Guardian: “Brazil’s preeminent provocateur wrestled it straight into a Trumpian whirlpool of bluster and barminess.”. He portrays himself as a law and order candidate who will use force to “change Brazil”. All those who work tirelessly to help Indigenous People protect and … [Read more...] about A Note from Executive Director and Chair, Dr. Franca Sciuto
In her kind words, below is a letter written by our partner for the Niños de la Amazonia project, Amy Coplan, thanking Rainforest Fund's executive director for years of Rainforest Fund support. ----------------- Dear Franca, I'm happy to write you and share the news that Niños de la Amazonia has met its goals. A recap: As you know, the Niños de la Amazonia project began as a photography project, and this visual anthropology project grew into the Niños de la Amazonia non-profit. The Niños’ … [Read more...] about News from the Niños: A Letter to Rainforest Fund