PENDING LAND-GRABBING LEGISLATION Voice Your Choice for Life to Thrive
The bills include:
PL 3729: concerning environmental licensing
PL 2633: concerns matters on land grabbing
PL 6299: determines the demarcation of indigenous land
PL490: transfer to the National Congress the ability to annul the demarcation of indigenous land
If any of these bills are passed in favor of the current administration, then the Brazilian government will open traditional indigenous land to unprecedented mining and deforestation of the Amazonia, causing a rapid acceleration towards climate catastrophe and bringing the planetary hydrologic cycle dangerously close to the irreversible ecological tipping point.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 9, 2021
Contact: Tiago Amaral, Coordinator of the Ecologic Generation Forum at Environmental Committee Presidency, Brazilian Senate CONTACT NUMBER: +972544318920
BRAZIL - September 8th, 2021 - As the crisis situation continues unfolding, we are sending out an urgent SOS and update regarding the human rights and environmental crisis taking place in Brazil at this very moment. We are requesting urgent international action, attention and support on the matter concerning the Articulation of The Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and the legislation the Brazilian Government is likely to pass. Brazilian legislators need to know their decision this Thursday, September 9, 2021 , will not only endanger Brazil and the Indigenous Peoples, but all of humanity potentially pushing us past the ecological ‘tipping point’ of 25% deforestation.
On Thursday, September 15th, the Federal Supreme Court verdict about the “Marco Temporal” is expected to be announced.
On Monday, Sept 20th by the vote on 4 bills include the PL 3729 (that affects Environmental Licensing), the PL 2633 (concerns matters on land grabbing), and the PL 6299 (will demarcate indigenous land), a change in the Brazilian Constitution, bill the PL 490.
A drastic increase in international awareness is vital if we want to put a stop to this irreversible domino-effect and ‘cascading system collapse,’. In a statement by demand that the Brazilian Congress defeat these bills categorically. This issue is NOT only an internal Brazilian concern, but an issue that affects the entire future of human and animal life on Earth.
THE RESPONSE: Since Aug. 22 over 6000 Indigenous and their supports have been gathered in a "Struggle for Life" Camp in front of the Brazilian Congress. On Wednesday, September 8th, more than 4,000 women from six Brazilian biomes gathered to participate in the Second National March of Indigenous Women in Brasília, vowing to remain until September 11 to peacefully continue fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples begun in the “Luta Pela Vida” (“Struggle For Life”) on Aug 22. People around the world stand in solidarity with them.
“This is just the beginning of a narrative of making collective dialogue through finding their voices among themselves. More and more women will join the fight to defend and preserve our territories from invasions, loggers and miners,” said a source from the camp.
THIS IS A PLANETARY SOS CALL FOR ACTION!
DETAILS + PRESSING TIMELINE:
On Thursday, September 15th, the Federal Supreme Court verdict about the “Marco Temporal” is expected to be announced, scheduled to be closely followed on Sept 20th by the bills include the PL 3729 (that affects Environmental Licensing), the PL 2633 (concerns matters on land grabbing), and the PL 6299 (that will demarcate indigenous land) and a change in the Brazilian Constitution, bill the PL 490. If any of these bills are passed against the Indigenous, then the Brazilian government will open the door to an unprecedented state-sanctioned mining and deforestation of the Amazonia. This would quickly cause a rapid acceleration towards climate catastrophe and bringing the planet dangerously close to an irreversible ecological tipping point.
Additionally, the PL490, an important bill proposing a transfer to the National Congress the ability to annul the demarcation of indigenous land. APIB (Brazil’s Indigenous People Articulation) is calling upon the International Community to join their fight to prevent this illegal bill from passing - thus allowing the government to steal land that is rightfully owned by the indigenous peoples of Brazil — and hand foreign agents use of water resources and energy potentials, thus a complete “Disrespect of the Constitution.”
THE AMAZON + GLOBAL CLIMATE IMPACT
If the Brazilian government succeeds in changing the constitution and enacting legislation to strip rights protecting the natural biomes of Brazil, an irreversible cascading collapse will be set in motion causing severe climate disruption on a global scale, significant degradation of the Amazon rainforest and cataclysmic rapid desertification of the Amazon Basin.
According to renowned climate scientist Alzenir Ferreira de Souza, “The destruction of the Amazon has the potential to be a ‘Doomsday Bomb,’ causing planet-wide environmental destruction.” Furthermore, The Intercept notes that “over the last 50 years, about 20% of the Rainforest has been burned or cut away.” As the current fires rage on and the policies that led to them continue to exist, another 20% — 300,000 square miles — could soon be gone as well. Futurism.com surmises that If this all comes to pass, leading scientists warn of a ‘cascading system collapse,’ in which the Amazon’s eco-system begins to completely crumble while releasing a planet-devastating amount of stored carbon in the process.”
As accounted in commontimes.org, “encouraged by President Jair Bolsonaro, deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surged to its highest annual level in a decade over the past year, with researchers warning that the accelerated destruction of the critical carbon sink is imperiling the ability to keep planetary heating below the Paris climate agreement’s 1.5 percent target. Imazon, a Brazilian research institute whose mission is to promote conservation and sustainable development, reported Thursday that from August 2020 to July 2021, 10,476 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest were destroyed, a 57% increase over the previous 12-month period.
2020 marked a record-breaking number of mining on Indigenous lands (2020) while according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, in October 2020 50% of the original flora in this biome was lost due to the outbreak of 2,835 fires in the Cerrado.
THE LIVES OF BRAZIL’S INDIGENOUS ARE IN DANGER
Passage of these bills would additionally pose a future threat to the lives of the Indigenous population. Since the beginning of the Bolsonaro administration (2019-2020) we have seen a 25 % increase in land-related conflicts in Brazil as demonstrated on November 1, 2019 when Pualo Paulino Guajajara was murdered by illegal loggers trying to protect his land and its people. Furthermore, Peaceful demonstrations by Indigenous people have been met with harsh brutality by police and others.
The International Complaints Dossier released last week by APIB, documents the many offenses against the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil and has been filed with the International Criminal Court at the Hague calling for the investigation into crimes of genocide and ecocide, and states, "Given the current threatening context that impacts not only the life of indigenous peoples but the entire socio-environmental integrity of their lands, with direct consequences in further aggravating the climate and environmental crisis that affects the entire planet, APIB asks for support from its partners network."
CONTACT THE BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT:
Please show your support for the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon region.
Call upon the Brazilian government to tell them that they cannot allow this bill to pass.
Who to contact:
KEY MEMBERS OF THE BRAZILIAN SENATE
Katia Abreu (PP - Progressives)
Tel: (61) 3303-2464
Izalci Lucas (PSDB - Brazilian Social Democracy Party )
Today on September the 15th, the Federal Supreme Court (STF) is voting on the “Marco Temporal”, which holds the fate of the future of humanity and all life on Earth as we know it. This follows the trial (that took place on September 2nd) which ended with the Attorney General defending the granting of the appeal of the Xokleng People. This provides hope in this turbulent time.
On Sept 20 by the decision on four additional legislative bills: PL 3729 (that affects Environmental Licensing), the PL 2633 (concerns matters on land grabbing), and the PL 6299 (that will demarcate indigenous land) and a change in the Brazilian Constitution with bill the PL 490 proposing a transfer to the National Congress the ability to annul the demarcation of indigenous land.
APIB (Brazil’s Indigenous People Articulation) is calling upon the International Community to join their fight to prevent these bill from passing - thus allowing the government to steal land that rightfully belongs to the indigenous peoples of Brazil.
We implore all government representatives with the power to vote against this bill, to uphold their duty and do what is right to protect the future of Humanity and all life.
“This moment is an opportunity for this Supreme Court to reaffirm the right of the original peoples of the Brazilian State” says Terena, legal coordinator of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples Brazil (APIB).
If the court approves the “Marco Temporal”, the Brazilian government will open indigenous territory to an unprecedented mining and deforestation of the Amazonia Biome, causing rapid acceleration towards climate catastrophe and bringing us well beyond the irreversible tipping point of 23 -25% deforestation.
This will release millions of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere and cause more devastating climate catastrophes globally, another step towards the extinction of humanity and millions of other species.
Local leaders from the Brazilian Congress and the Indigenous Peoples of Amazonia are reaching out in an SOS, asking for urgent support from the international community to help bring the Marco Temporal to global attention, which has seen demonstrations across Europe from London to Barcelona in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples Land rights. Millions of People have signed the Carta Global and other petitions in defence of the Amazon Biome and the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil and calling on Global leaders to save life on earth. The petition bellow has almost 3 million signatures.
If we allow any of the bills to pass, it will be nearly impossible to salvage whatever remains of the rainforest, let alone to hold on to what is left of the environmental rights and human rights of the first peoples of Brazil.
The world is watching this historic. We’ve had final decades, final years, final months and final days. But now, we are literally in the final hours. If we do not take action now, the destruction and collapse of the climate begins today. This could be humanity’s finest hour.
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