The great Franco-Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado makes an international appeal. We relay it here.
It's a question of survival for the planet
"President Bolsonaro believes he will develop Brazil by destroying this forest. It's an old-fashioned, archaic, short-termist vision. To make the Amazon disappear, of which 65% of the surface is located in Brazil, is to threaten with drought its agriculture. This ecosystem so rich in biodiversity can give organic products, substances useful for cosmetics, the pharmaceutical industry … But this president was elected by agribusiness, which seeks immediate profits. And by the Evangelical Churches, who dream of "saving the souls" of the Indians by converting them! For the tribes, it's a disaster. In addition to fires, their ancestral lands are invaded by gold miners, whose activity poisons streams. Jair Bolsonaro wants to destroy the reserves. He cuts the budgets of critical institutions for the Amazon, places his men in key positions, reduces controls and sanctions. Then the farmers say that they are no longer in danger of destroying the forest. "However, I remain hopeful. It is not a dictator but an elected president, who does not have all the powers. If 20% of the Brazilian surface of the Amazon has been destroyed in half a century, there is 80% left that we can save! The current fires are serious, and they will nibble a little more, but not make everything disappear in a summer. Many compare these blazes to that of Notre-Dame and deplore that they do not raise the same financial mobilization. I live in Paris and I was terribly touched by the fire of the cathedral, but it has nothing to do with what is happening in Brazil. For the Amazon, the answer must be political. The European Union has just signed a trade agreement with Mercosur [Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay]. This agreement will encourage Brazil to destroy more and more forest to export more to Europe. But it still needs to be ratified by every EU member state. I therefore call them, especially France, to sign nothing until a strict clause protecting the Amazon is added. Each of the French can do his part. I ask them all to mobilize, by putting pressure on their elected officials to refuse to sign the current treaty. It's a question of survival for the planet. "
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