Feb 23, 2020

We will 'fight to the death' to save the Amazon rainforest

Six months on, Nomia Iqbal went to the Brazilian Amazon for a new BBC programme, My World, to ask young people how they see the future of this crucial region. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said that indigenous people's special land and cultural rights should be scrapped. It is a policy which worries Maristela: "This new government hates indigenous people but I am really proud to be indigenous, and as women it is our role to fight for our land." Maristela's cousin, 22-year-old Juliana Tuiti Arara, says it is not just the president and his plans that concerns them but also attacks on the forest by fellow indigenous people. "Many of the people who are deforesting the woods are much older, but us young people realise that climate change is already happening," Carina adds.

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