We should all be concerned about the environment, our impact on it, and climate change. We must act now by making adjustments in our everyday lives and work urgently to get community, corporate and political leaders to take action, on our behalf, to protect the planet.
The effects of climate change are measurable and being felt today. It’s not a theoretical or distant cataclysm that can be put off being dealt with — we have to act now. And we have to start listening to the Indigenous communities who are on the front lines of protecting our natural world because they are among the first to feel its impact. We must help them safeguard what should be sacred to us all.
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, who has been embraced by the world's media as the face of youth environmental activism, is deserving of the attention and accolades she’s received, but there are many other youth activists who have not caught the media's attention for their outstanding work. And they deserve to be as well-known within this movement as she is.
President Bolsonaro of Brazil campaigned on a promise to roll back indigenous rights and protections for the Amazon. He ran on a promise to open up the Amazon rainforest for resource exploitation by the agribusiness sector. When he became president in January 2019, he gave control over the regulation of indigenous land reserves, via executive order, to the Ministry of Agriculture which is heavily financed by powerful agribusiness lobbyists.