To celebrate Earth Day 2023, listen to part of the speech (Avaaz Twitter handle) given by the first-ever Brazilian Minister of Indigenous Peoples, Sonia Guajajara, to the United Nations on the importance of recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples and how they are protecting nature and biodiversity.
The first step to a truly sustainable future is for each one of us to try to imagine a better future. Do this by focusing on a different aspect (e.g. fossil fuel emissions, air pollution, deforestation, protecting habitats and biodiversity) for just 5-10 minutes a day and imagine how you would like things to be. Then talk about it with family, friends, colleagues and post on social media.
There are plenty of people who want a sustainable future, putting nature and biodiversity in the forefront and there are many ways to get involved. In order to combat the global climate crisis, the World Wide Fund for Nature (Brazil) suggests the following:
- Demand policy action from elected representatives
- Demand more ambitious measures from industries to conserve and restore nature;
- Routinely give preference to food from agro-ecological producers;
- Engage more in the fight for climate justice;
- Participate in movements that carry out ecosystem restoration in our own community.
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