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Peaceful Existence of Amazonia Under Threat

April 20th 2011

In a piece by Michael Reaney, (see Peruvian Presidential Election May Decide Amazon Future, Analys, April 11, 2011), the issue of rampant deforestation and its devastating consequences for the indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon, contacted and uncontacted alike, was addressed.  The consequences of illegal logging for the uncontacted peoples of the Amazon could be especially tragic, as contact with outsiders could mean exposure to diseases that uncontacted groups have no immunity to. History shows that such exposure can fatally diminish a group to a fraction of its number even in the space of one year.  Yet this potential loss of life can be avoided, if there is the political will to enforce policies that promote the rights of the indigenous peoples. Those who tuned into Discovery Channel on Sunday night (April 17) to watch ‘Human Planet - Grasslands and Jungles,’ would have seen the aerial video footage (http://www.uncontactedtribes.org/) of one of these uncontacted tribes inhabiting the Amazon. But the peaceful existence of these peoples is under threat. If your readers could take a moment to sign Survivals petition (http://www.uncontactedtribes.org/act-now) to President Garcia, it would add to the weight of nearly 100,000 voices who have already asked Peru’s President to stop invading logging and oil companies in indigenous territories.  We need as many voices as possible to insist that Peru's prosperity is dependent on policies that protect its people and the environment they depend on.  Thank you for your consideration and action, and please spread the word about the work of Survival International.


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