Leila Salazar-Lopez Keynote Address: The Amazon at a Tipping Point: Can We Turn It Around?
Introduction by Eriel Deranger, Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action
Unprecedented fires, deliberately set to expand industrial agriculture and other extractive development, are burning across the Amazon, a dangerous escalation of the global climate emergency. Scientists warn that the Amazon is reaching “the tipping point” of ecological collapse, but Indigenous movements across the region are resisting and calling for international solidarity to help them defend their rights and territories. For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples have protected their sacred ancestral territories. Leila Salazar Lopez, Executive Director of Amazon Watch, urges us to stand with them to protect and restore the bio-cultural intregrity of the Amazon, because our collective future depends on it.
October 20th | 9:25 am to 9:50 am
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