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In harmony with nature
Living Gaia e. V. encourages exchange between Indigenous Amazonian and non-Indigenous cultures. The non-profit association’s latest project gives the Huni Kuin, an indigenous people in the Brazilian state of Acre, a voice and supports them in protecting their homes – the Amazon rainforest.
It’s a cause of global significance, because standing up for indigenous groups like the Huni Kuin means contributing to the protection of the rainforest.
Brazil’s forests are on fire
The Amazon is the largest tropical rainforest on earth. But the green lungs of our planet are under threat. In the past years there have been more forest fires than ever before and every day several thousand hectares of forest are being lost. The consequences: More and more animal species are becoming extinct, the global climate is warming and regional weather extremes are becoming more frequent.
The situation is critical
As satellite images show, Indigenous territories have a high potential to resist deforestation. The pressure on these lands, however, has dramatically increased since the Bolsonaro government from 2018-2022.
Although Brazil’s new President Lula da Silva promised to end deforestation, this is difficult to realize. The agribusiness remains Brazil’s most influential sector. Illegal mining and logging operated by internationally operating criminal organizations pose additional threats to the Amazonian ecosystems. The habitat of the Huni Kuin is in danger.
It is not too late yet
We can do something: An effective way to protect the Huni Kuin and their home, the rainforest, is through land purchase. With your donation, a land of 16.000 hectares can be acquired land in the community of Jordão. It will be managed by a local foundation with representation of the Huni Kuin. This way, a real protected area for the forest and its inhabitants is being created.
The Huni Kuin – “the genuine people” – are an Indigenous society in Brazil and Peru. For hundreds of generations, they call the Western Amazon their home. Some still live in voluntary isolation. Their future depends on the protection of the forest. But their habitat is dwindling. They are desperately fighting for its survival. They are fighting for their future and thus for the future of us all.
The entire culture of the Huni Kuin is rooted in the forest. Unimaginable for many of us in the “Western world”, isn’t it? We see nature as a resource to extract from or as a place where we go to spend our holidays. Unlike the Huni Kuin, we don’t feel the daily urgency to protect it. However, our consumption-oriented lifestyle is a direct driver of the exploitation of the Amazon.
The Huni Kuin are not giving up. They are fighting for their existence, for the preservation of their homeland – and thus for the protection of the rainforest. One solution to save themselves and the forest is to put more land under protection that can no longer be plundered. We can support them.