Joining hands on climate change: Brazil, California

Protecting our climate is very important to the indigenous people of the Amazon. In the Brazilian state of Acre, where I live, we’re already seeing terrible heat, floods and droughts that we never used to experience. That’s why cooperation with California to protect our forests is important to people here.

“My father taught me when I was little that the forest tells us what’s coming – flood or drought, abundance or scarcity. This is why we are working hard to protect our forests – and not only for ourselves. We will survive in the forest no matter what, but imagine a city without water, or electricity. We believe that the people who work to protect the forest should be justly compensated.”

Hear more from Francisca (“Xica Arara”) Oliveira de Lima in the Capitol Weekly article.

PHOTO CREDIT: ©Ami Vitale

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