Catholic church denounces ‘attacks’ on Amazon people and forest

(Climate Change News, 29 Oct 2019) Setting up a collision with Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, the church said ‘ecocidal’ projects should be stopped and proposed indigenous-led development plan.

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The Catholic church in the Amazon has denounced attacks on the environment and the life of indigenous people setting out on a collision course with Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro.

Catholic bishops from the Amazon region committed to a more active role in the world’s most important forest following three weeks of discussions at the first Amazon synod in Rome.

In a statement concluding the synod on Saturday, they called on countries to stop considering the forest as “an inexhaustible pantry” and to end large scale extractive activities such as mining and forest extraction, large infrastructure projects and the promotion of monoculture and extensive livestock farming.

Bishops agreed that “one of the main causes of destruction in the Amazon is predatory extractivism that responds to the logic of greed,” which they said had been “at the root of conflicts” in the region.

​​“In this way,” the statement said, “the church undertakes to be an ally of the Amazonian people to denounce the attacks on the life of the indigenous communities, the projects that affect the environment, the lack of demarcation of their territories, as well as the economic model of predatory and ecocidal development.”

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