In the heart of the Amazon rainforest youth activists, indigenous leaders, scientists and forest dwellers are building a new alliance and demonstrating that the rainforest is central to life.
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“Our lands are being invaded, our leaders murdered, attacked and criminalized, and the Brazilian state is abandoning Indigenous peoples to their fate with the ongoing dismantling of environmental and indigenous policies.” -The Association of Brazilian Indigenous Peoples
Paulo Paulino Guajajara was murdered during a hunting trip with a friend in the Araribóia reserve on Friday by a group of five loggers working illegally in the area. The murder is one of a string of losses for Brazil’s indigenous communities, as miners and loggers make more and bolder incursions into Indigenous territories and other protected areas. " -Manuela Andreoni and Letícia Casado
We must react with clear strategies to protect the land and the people of the Amazon. Amazon Hope joins together the specialists most intimately engaged with the Xingu and the diverse indigenous peoples who call it home. It aims to jointly consider the current crisis – the hardest hit portion of the Amazon – and communicate its vitality and importance to interested partners, potential donors and the public.
Through Amazon Hope, scientists, artists and indigenous leaders are working to devise solutions. The creation of a southern Amazon indigenous “firewall,” will be used as a tool to protect the lands, forests, waters and cultural heritage. Technology will empower indigenous people themselves, who constitute a veritable army of committed individuals, zealously looking for solutions to defend against the decimation of their lands and livelihoods.
Pennywise is pleased to announce our newest partner in positive change - Kantora Action for Green (KAG)! KAG is a registered environmental nonprofit organization in the Gambia that seeks to educate and empower young people to act towards caring for the environment through sports. They use the power of sports to bring young people together to actively participate in the rehabilitation of the depleting vegetation in the Kantora district of Upper River Region in The Gambia.
KAG collaborates with local schools and community support groups, using sports as a way of engaging young people. Through their sports teams in both the schools and the community, they participate in tree seed collection, planting, and transplanting exercises. In supporting these youth, KAG regularly organizes and sponsors sports tournaments throughout the district both in schools and communities.
KAG has purchased its first set of 2000 biodegradable grow bags and some acacia seeds for a new nursery of 1500 mixed trees of cashew, avocado, and acacia. We are so excited to see this work grow! Welcome Kantora Action for Green and thank you for your amazing work to make the world a better place for generations to come!
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Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti and SOIL, our grantee partner there, as that nation confronts an economic and political crisis. Access to water, food, electricity, fuel and transportation have all become a challenge. Schools are closed and supplies at hospitals are dangerously low. For families already struggling to get by on a day-to-day basis, the challenges caused by dramatically increased costs for basic necessities are unspeakable. People from all walks of life have been in the streets almost daily for weeks calling for accountability and political change in the face of an uncertain future.
Through blocked roads, scarce supplies, and rising prices SOIL’s dedicated staff has continued to ensure not only that people have access to hygienic sanitation services but also that collected waste is transformed into usable compost. SOIL’s pioneering approaches to sustainable sanitation service delivery combine innovative service delivery models with a strategic approach to financial sustainability. The wisdom of their is being demonstrated by their resiliency in facing the current challenges.
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HUDSON YARDS, NEW YORK -
Leaders from the indigenous territory of the Xingu in Brazil's southern Amazon and scientists gathered to raise support and funding for the preservation of the Amazon rainforest from deforestation. The event called Amazon Hope took place at a modern art gallery called Affirmation Arts in Hudson Yards, New York City on Friday, October 11. Through presentations and a public reception for an art exhibit, Amazon Hope aimed to raise donated funds and public awareness about the ecological issues of the Xingu region where wildfires are some of the worst in the Amazon. As wildfires in the Amazon increase, the event aimed to strengthen a partnership between indigenous groups, scientists and artists to save the jungle and the culture of its native people through conservation methods involving technology.
At the event, participants announced planned conservation methods including giving locals in the Xingu territory tools to monitor wildlife destruction and digitally archiving the history of native groups to safeguard it. Amazon Hope also looked to crowd-fund to establish in the Kuikuro indigenous community of the Xingu information technology and training resources. At Affirmation Arts, Kuikuro members also sold hand-made traditional jewelry from the Xingu.
Pennywise Foundation, an organization that makes grants, sponsors creative collaboration with non-governmental organizations and offers them technical assistance, arranged Amazon Hope.
For Patch.com by Jimin Kim (Jiminkim.org). Photo by Jimin Kim @jiminkimphoto
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