Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples Face a Triple Threat from COVID-19,

the Dismantling of Socio-Environmental Policies, and International Inaction

With the Brazilian state failing to protect them from coronavirus, indigenous groups have been forced to find ways to monitor and care for their own communities while also putting up serious resistance to destructive government policies. But these peoples already face increased risks because of longstanding discrimination, inequality, and the recent intensification of efforts to dismantle environmental protections. For the sake of indigenous groups and the environment that they do so much to protect, now is the time for decision-makers in the UK and Europe to implement stronger environmental and human rights regulations instead of continuing to farm out the problem for someone else to deal with, writes Grace Iara Souza (LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre).

Even before the arrival of COVID-19, the native peoples of Brazil were in a perilous situation, not least because of high-level attempts to use racism to legitimise the dismantling of socio-environmental protections. But the pandemic has only intensified this persecution, and despite the impressive efforts of these guardians of global biodiversity to adapt their strategies of resistance, they cannot be expected to fight the climate crisis and coronavirus alone.

Link to full article: https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-07-20/brazils-indigenous-peoples-face-a-triple-threat-from-covid-19-the-dismantling-of-socio-environmental-policies-and-international-inaction/


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