‘One man has the power to stop the loggers. Brazil’s Minister of Justice. But it is just not his priority. Let’s push it up his list.’ – Colin Firth
photo courtesy: http://www.survivorinternational.org
You are the loveliest socially conscious man I know, er, well, I don’t really know you, although sometimes I feel like we are friends. I keep saying it with the hope that we could eventually become friends. I suppose I am being a bit strange aren’t I? What I mean by ‘socially conscious,’ is, that you do much more than is advertised by the media and various organizations, most of which is usually un-mentioned. I wish I knew, because I would then write about it and bring it to attention as well.
I must admit I don’t know a lot about the Amazon’s Awa tribe and I had not heard of Survivor International. I am jolly glad that you have joined their campaign to lend your voice and bring attention to the plight of the Awa, which as I now understand, is considered to be Earth’s most endangered tribe. I have been shamefully ignorant of the risks they face from deforestation and the invasion of the ‘white’ hunters( as the tribe calls them) with weapons. I had absolutely no idea there was a full forest battle going on between the Awa and local hunters, which is now at the point of genocide according to the article I read in the Guardian. It is unbelievably like a scene from a film. My heart went out to a survivor who described how he hid in the forest from the white ranchers who killed his brothers, his wife, sisters and his mother. I have to know more, their story is incredible, they live with so little, why would anyone allow that ‘little bit’ to be taken away from them? I found the video fascinating and through it I learned why these trees mattered so much to them and their survival. Trees matter to us all, but in this case it means the complete extinction of a rare group of people. Is this, then, the end of the rain forest that is not only precious to the people of the Amazon, but to the entire world?