Flotilla Assembly to demand an end to Amazon destruction

by Guest Blogger

April 10, 2012

By Jess Miller

Amazon floating general assembly

The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior served as center stage on wednesday for a flotilla assembly deep in the Amazon. Boats travelled, some for more than a day, to join the assembly and give testimonials of the destruction threatening their survival in the forest. The riverboats tied lines between them to create a floating platform around theRainbow Warriorand passed a microphone between the families as they demanded implementation on the laws governing their already protected land.

The boats arrived with entire families, sometimes three or four generations, to demand an end to the lack of governance that is destroying the forest they rely on. Hundreds came together at the meeting of the Jaruacu and Xingu Rivers just a day after community leaders and activists from the Rainbow Warrior declared an end to the auction of an illegal logging farm on public lands.

Greenpeace joins 300 Amazon rainforest communities in a floating general assembly on the Jaraucu River to demand an end to forest destruction in the Verde Para Sempre Extractive Reserve. Boats gathered at the Jaraucu River, which is the main channel for the transport of illegal timber out of the reserve, to testify about the lack of governance in the region

Learn more about theNot for Sale actionyesterday and the Verde para Sempre Reserve.

The local and federal governments reaction to the widespread illegality destroying the Amazon is slow and inadequate. Greenpeace is calling for a Zero Deforestation Law in Brazil.

Take action: Join Brazils call for an end to Amazon destruction!

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