To promote and safeguard the culture and traditions of the peoples of the Amazon.
- To conserve the heritage of knowledge of these endangered peoples based on oral traditions and spiritual practices and to offer this invaluable legacy to new generations.
- To protect and disseminate the cultural and spiritual heritage of these peoples: art, language, dances, tales, myths, music, and in general everything that constitutes the cosmology of the Amazonian peoples, and especially their close link with nature, of which they feel they are an inseparable part.
Indigenous peoples and climate change
On the brink of collapse, our civilisation is beginning to realise the urgency of returning to mother nature.
The concern to “save the Earth” and all the beings that inhabit it is motivated by the need to save ourselves as well; a species whose health, survival and balance are threatened by its own way of life.
Global warming is an established fact. With each passing year, the temperature of the planet is rising, with all the consequences that this entails.
It is not certain that the human footprint is the sole cause of global warming. What has been demonstrated is the direct link between human activity (industry, transport, industrial agriculture and livestock farming, etc.) and the increase in greenhouse gases to an unprecedented level.
Another phenomenon we are witnessing is that most non-domesticated animal species are in danger of extinction. Thus, it is estimated that, if fishing continues as it is now, we could find ourselves in twenty or thirty years’ time with a sea without fish.
Furthermore, it is undeniable that living surrounded by pollution is the cause of a multitude of illnesses. The WHO warns that toxins and heavy metals in the air and water can cause numerous types of cancer.
In this context, the protection of forests takes on great importance; it must be borne in mind that forests are great hoovers of CO2, and their disappearance would dangerously trigger the increase of gases in the atmosphere and, therefore, the greenhouse effect to unimaginable levels.
This emergency situation has led most countries to hold summits against climate change. Only at the most recent summits in Paris and Marrakech (COP 21 and COP 22) have indigenous peoples been given a voice. Indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge was recognised in the Paris Agreement as a powerful tool against climate change. Scientific evidence shows that where they live and manage forests, there is no deforestation, fewer fires occur and trees are actively (and not just in words) respected.
An area of tropical forest the size of Austria is deforested every year.
Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, UN Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:
“For those of us who live in tropical forests, trees, plants, animals and micro-organisms are members of our community. We also have deities who protect the trees and the waters. And we have sacred trees.
The Guardian: “Global leaders must accept that it is crucial in the fight against emissions that the environmental commons are managed by indigenous people.”
There is also recent talk of nature deficit disorder in children who live totally disconnected from nature, if anything, even more so than adults.
Dr William Bird, an advisor to the Natural England Foundation, has shown that people are healthier, more adaptable, less stressed and better able to concentrate just by looking at green spaces for a few minutes a day. Significant improvements in pupils’ behaviour and academic performance have also been observed when green spaces, with gardens and trees, are provided in school playgrounds.
Perhaps one of the keys to change is precisely an educational approach that, from early childhood, takes into account children’s needs and, in particular, their need for contact with nature.
Indigenous peoples can make a great contribution through their worldview and ancestral wisdom. Indigenous peoples have been living in balance and respect for nature for thousands of years, preserving it. They have always known that there is nothing more valuable on planet Earth than living things, be they animals, plants or humans.
Encourage the anthropological study of their customs, providing the means to create programmes for the protection of their ethnobotanical and pharmacological heritage, and especially the use of their medicines, sacred plants and traditional practices.
Carry out and promote all agricultural and agro-forestry activities aimed at protecting the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest and the tropical forest, especially reforestation.
Support all solidarity initiatives in collaboration with all local and international foundations and associations whose purpose is to defend and safeguard the culture and traditions of the ancestral peoples of the Earth.
To promote a sustainable economy that improves the quality of life of the communities that live in the Amazon territory and that helps the conservation of the environment.
Support initiatives that aim to reduce deforestation and preserve biodiversity, using innovative technologies that help these purposes.
Organise trips in relation to ecotourism and promote cultural exchange.
To organise cultural activities, festivals, concerts and any other event that promotes the development of the culture of the Amazonian peoples.