The “Mil Aldeias” (One Thousand Villages) campaign aims to support sovereignty actions in communities committed to sustainability and the environment throughout Brazil.
The protection of the environment begins with the participation of the local community and its autonomy in the face of its present situation and its destiny.
The main objective of the initiative is to raise funds to finance various projects developed by these communities, in addition to a series of initiatives aimed at protecting their lands, cultures and environment.
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
The curatorship and consultancy of the campaign has the participation of Ailton Krenak, Angela Mendes, Benki Piyãko, Glicéria Tupinambá, Pietra Dolomita, Tsitsinã Xavante and other indigenous, quilombola and riverside leaders.
The campaign is being promoted by activists and artivists - musicians, photographers and filmmakers - who participated in the making of a music video about preserving the culture of indigenous peoples, quilombolas and riverine people in favor of Environment Day, with a soundtrack performed by more than 30 artists, such as Arnaldo Antunes, Margareth Menezes, Zélia Duncan, Nando Reis, Roberta Sá, among others.
curatorship and consultancy
"THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK" ("O RELÓGIO DO JUÍZO FINAL")
A SONG IN DEFENSE OF THE PRESERVATION OF THE CULTURE OF INDIGENOUS AND RIVERINES PEOPLES, QUILOMBOLAS AND OTHER GUARDIANS OF THE ENVIRONMENT.
The music video will also be broadcast on Sunday, June 5, on Only 1 Earth Live, which will celebrate World Environment Day with the presence of international musicians, scientists, experts, indigenous people and activists who will join forces to raise awareness, inspire and educate the population about the urgency of restoring the ecosystems of Planet Earth. The online event will feature names like Al Gore, Vandana Shiva, Paul Martin, Trudeau, Gisele Bündchen.
THE SUPPORT TO ONE THOUSAND VILLAGES AND THE STRATEGIC AXES
Why are the campaign pillars focused on sovereignty actions?
Food and water sovereignty
With food and water sovereignty, people, land and ecosystem are preserved.
With health sovereignty, there is no dependence or vulnerability in the well-being and well-being of these peoples.
With sovereignty in communication, communities can chart their own destinies.
Communication sovereignty (or local culture and identity)
The BOA Foundation believes that sovereignty starts with initiative and autonomy. Therefore, it engages in listening to community leaders and working together with local leaders to support their priorities, their sustainability projects, their networks of exchanges and relationships, in addition to seeking partnerships inspired by mutual interest with the present and future of the planet.
The campaign will support projects in the axes of
With sovereignty in culture based on local identity
THE ENGINES OF COLONIALISM CEASE
The first villages whose sovereignty actions will receive support will be:
FOOD AND WATER SOVEREIGNTY AXIS:
1- Tupinambá (Serra do Padeiro): support for the Cacau Caboclo cooperative — a local women's empowerment project.
2- Guajajara (Araribóia): implementation of the muffled beans project.
3- Pataxó (Dois Irmãos): capture and purification of local water sources.
4- Waurá (Ulupuene): implementation of a fish farm to prevent the consumption of fish contaminated by soy and agribusiness in the region.
5- Ashaninka, Kuntanawa and Ribeirinhos (Yorenka Tasorentsi Institute): support for the start-up of the installations of the essential oil distillation plant in the Amazon.
6- Action for the treatment of Covid Longa in the villages and support for people with disabilities within their communities.
7- Ribeirinhos do Alto Murú: support for the beginning of the installation of an agroforestry with medicinal plants.
HEALTH SOVEREIGNTY AXIS
8- Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve: installation of satellite Internet to strengthen a network to strengthen local cooperatives.
9- Quilombo de Samucangawa: installation of satellite Internet to publicize the community's claims to its territory.
10- Yawanawá (Amparo): installation of satellite Internet to start educational activities at the Nixiwaka School and University.
11- Kaiowá (village whose name will remain confidential): construction of the local prayer house with the support of the community.
12- Several villages: support for the creation of an application for selling indigenous, quilombola and riverine handicrafts without intermediaries
EDUCATION AND CULTURE SOVEREIGNTY AXIS
THE BOA FOUNDATION
The BOA Foundation has been working with indigenous peoples and other environmental defenders since 2015, listening to their leaders and supporting grassroots projects and community autonomy. Several projects have already been implemented and currently eight are active to receive funds, including reforestation, protection of territories, health support, traditional food, construction of cultural and spiritual centers, library, schools. Since its foundation, 1,468 hectares have been directly impacted, more than 2 million dollars (approximately 10 million reais) have been donated, 73 cultural meetings and more than 40 alliances with indigenous elders have been promoted around the world.
Know more about The BOA Foundation
Conceived as actions to prevent the impacts of the pandemic on these communities, the campaign also has institutional consultants such as the NGOs Saúde e Alegria, São Paulo School of Medicine and Expedicionários da Saúde.
THE IMPACTS OF THE PANDEMIC AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A THOUSAND VILLAGES
Many communities have noticed drastic changes in their ecosystems due to climate change. Some springs are drying up and the land is losing its nutrients, making it difficult to grow food. Indigenous people already have within their traditional knowledge solutions for the recovery of these places through agroforestry practices, however, today they need financial support to put their projects and knowledge into practice, because the world is no longer the same.
In some villages, traditional food and local medicine practices were impacted by the imposition of Western practices. With dietary changes, many indigenous people had their immune systems weakened and also developed chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems, among others. The Covid-19 pandemic took many people to death or left sequels that persist to this day. It is known that comorbidities, diseases that migrated to the heart of these communities through contact with the surrounding population, brought even more vulnerability and dependence to their populations.
In addition, as a result of a precarious public health system, many people were left without proper care. Fortunately this is not the reality of all villages, as many of them already have their ways of treating Covid and other diseases and also still keep their traditional food knowledge.
Many projects were inaugurated by indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, riverside dwellers, forest peoples, etc. for their sovereignty, but these need support to be developed or continued.
Marcelo Fortaleza Flores
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