Publicatie / 7 november 2018

Complicity in Destruction: how Northern consumers and financiers sustain the assault on the Brazilian Amazon and its peoples

This publication is based on research done by Profundo, commissioned by AmazonWatch and co-financed  by Both ENDS.

As the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon provides 20% of our oxygen, houses 10% of the planet’s biodiversity, and helps stabilize the global climate. The world needs it to survive. No one understands this better than the indigenous and traditional communities who call it home, and who are proven to be its best stewards. Despite their importance, the Brazilian Amazon and its peoples are suffering the worst assault in a generation.

Members of Brazil’s ruralista congressional bloc, representing a conservative faction of the nation’s powerful agroindustrial sector and in coordination with extractive industries such as mining, are the principal actors driving this retrograde agenda. 

Much of the political and economic power that enables the ruralista agenda is upheld by global traders, consumers, and financiers. European and United States businesses that purchase from and finance ruralista businesses therefore enable them to reshape Brazil’s socio-environmental landscape to our collective detriment.

While we acknowledge the North’s oversize role in environmental mismanagement, human rights abuses, and climate change,  believe that through informed choices, the consumers of Europe and the United States can considerably influence the destructive agenda of Brazil’s ruralista bloc, helping to put an end to its assault on the Amazon, indigenous rights, and global climate stability.

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