The indigenous are on the front lines of climate change, vulnerable to every disturbance in the ecosystem they’ve depended on for millennia. No longer able to hunt and fish during “usual” times, given the extreme weather patterns and an ever changing climate, they must travel to cities to purchase supplemental food for survival.
The Yawanawá suffered a devastating flood in the Fall of 2014, which destroyed 7 of 8 villages and jeopardized the Mariri Festival, a centuries old celebration of Yawanawá culture and spirituality. IC’s collaboration with the Women’s Cooperative helped finance the 2015 Mariri Festival and keep the centuries old tradition alive.
Over 100 women, many of whom are the primary income providers of their household, were empowered through the alliance. Together we’ve generated tens of thousands of dollars each year, to purchase canoes, chickens, medical supplies, hunting riffles, food supplements, and other basic necessities for the community.
The single most effective way to reduce carbon emissions is to protect the rainforest that still exists. Protecting the Amazon is more effective than current worldwide efforts to reduce industrial emissions and install alternative energy sources combined.
The absolute best way to protect the Amazon rainforest is to empower the Indigenous People that have lived there, in harmony with nature for thousands years, to continue to thrive as natural guardians of their environment.