The Amazon is Screaming

Record breaking forest fires, irreversible bio-diversity loss, exponential deforestation, atypical floods, droughts, and extreme weather, toxic substances in the soil and the water, harmful carbon trading practices, illegal invasions of protected territories…

When and why did we lose our capacity to sense and respond to these and other pressing threats to the possibility of continued life on the planet?

Chief Ninawa Huni Kui  presented the analysis and the wake up call that have been issued by the Huni Kui people who, along with other Indigenous groups, are considered the Guardians of the Amazon forest in in Brazil.

See Chief Ninawa’s power point here.

Chief Ninawa Huni Kui is the President of the Federation of the Huni Kui People in Acre, Brazil. He is the spokesperson for nearly 15000 Indigenous people in 104 villages across 12 indigenous territories. Ninawa is also a medicine student at the Amazonian University of Pando, in Bolivia.

This talk was sponsored by the Department of Educational Studies, the Faculty of Education, the Office for Indigenous Education at UBC and the Musagetes Foundation.

Chief Ninawa also presented on the topic of unsustainability at the UBC Sustainability Unit.