This is an update to my previous blog Survival International Alert: Awá Tribe Will Face Extinction Due to Intensive Logging.
- to send a protest message to Brazil’s Minister of Justice: he can send in the federal police to catch the loggers, and keep them out for good
- this protest message can be accessed below in the Colin Firth Campaign for Brazilian Tribe Awá
- and, even more importantly, please share this message with your family and friends
- if enough people show they care, it will work:
- at the time of this blog posting, 12 041 messages have already been sent to Brazil’s Minister of Justice,
- please help us reach 20,000 messages:
Colin Firth Campaign for Brazilian Tribe Awá:
“Many of Brazil’s Awá are still uncontacted, and they are running for their lives.
A wave of illegal loggers, settlers and ranchers have invaded their lands, and time is running out.
Today Colin Firth helps us to launch a major new campaign to save the Awá, and we need your help.
‘One man has the power to stop the loggers: Brazil’s Minister of Justice. But it’s just not his priority. Let’s push it up his list.’
— Colin Firth
Please watch our new film, and take a few seconds to send a message to Brazil’s Minister of Justice: he can send in the federal police to catch the loggers, and keep them out for good. And, even more importantly, please share this with your family and friends.
If enough people show they care, it will work.“
SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE
April 28, 2012
Colin Firth campaign for Brazilian tribe breaks records in just 3 days
|Colin Firth’s appeal has generated more than
10,000 protest emails. © Survival
A campaign launched by Colin Firth to save the world’s most threatened tribe has generated more than 10,000 protest emails to the Brazilian government in just three days – a record for protest action for tribal peoples anywhere in the world.
In a video appeal, Colin Firth asks viewers to send a protest message to Brazil’s Justice Minister, who has the power to send in federal police to evict the loggers, ranchers and settlers who are ravaging the tribe’s land.
|Illegal settlers have reached just 30 minutes’
walk from Little Butterfly’s community.
In his appeal Colin Firth says, ‘The Awá’s forest is being illegally cut for timber. When the loggers see them, they kill them. Their bows and arrows are no match for guns. And at any other time in history, that’s where it would end. Another people wiped off the face of the earth, forever. But we’re going to make sure the world doesn’t let that happen…’
Brazil’s Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo has yet to respond to the barrage of messages, but told a Brazilian journalist, ‘Unfortunately we have a lot of violence in relation to indigenous peoples, and the scale is such that it is impossible, for any government, to prevent situations as they unfold.’
Stephen Corry, Survival International’s Director, said today, ‘If Brazil allows more of its original people to be sacrificed for some truckloads of timber it will be an enduring stain on the history of a great nation, an irredeemable tragedy for humanity, and of course a catastrophe for the Awá. Brazil is one of the richest countries in the world, but does it have the strength to uphold its own laws?’
To read this story online: http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/8290
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