Climate change: Vote
The Xingu has been severely impacted over the past decade by climate change across the region, including aridification (drying) due to deforestation in the Upper Xingu and climate-influenced droughts. Since they first began in 2007, major forest fires, unknown in the cultural memory of indigenous communities, have plagued the Upper Xingu. Fires and fire vulnerability further intensified since 2015, when fires consumed half of the forests in the Kuikuro territory. This has been ameliorated over the past five years with the intervention of the Prev-Fogo program and the training of local fire brigades. However, cuts in funding from an indifferent, or even hostile, government are threatening the efficacy of these measures. Even before the COVID-19 crisis the indigenous people of the southern Amazon were facing unprecedented threats. Widespread deforestation, fires and a hostile government are decimating their tropical forest homes and have left them fighting for their very survival.
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