As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the Amazon Basin, it threatens the lives and futures of indigenous peoples and traditional forest communities. These "Guardians of the Forest" are disproportionately vulnerable to contracting the illness due to both the lack of access to adequate public services such as housing and health care as well as to the consequences of centuries of colonisation and racism.Unfortunately in some countries, this is just the tip of the iceberg. In Brazil, for example, the government is using this crisis to disrupt democratic structures and has shown itself willing to sacrifice the rainforest for economic profit (see webinar on the topic).
Climate Alliance is thus supporting its indigenous partners both directly as well as in partnership with other organisations. We are a founding member of the international Amazon Emergency Fund, which supports rapid response for urgent prevention and care, food and medical supplies, emergency evacuation, protection for forest guardians, food sovereignty and community resilience.
For direct support, donations with the reference "Covid-19 in Amazonia" can be transferred to Climate Alliance at the following bank account:
- GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG
- IBAN: DE 73 4306 0967 8038 4090 01
- BIC: GENODEM1GLS
As a non-profit association, Climate Alliance can issue donation receipts for tax purposes. Please contact Thomas Brose for further information at t.brose(at)climatealliance.org.