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Global church and faith-based organisations unite for the Amazon

More than 100 church denominations and faith-based organisations worldwide have joined forces to stand in solidarity with those in the Amazon region.

The We are the Amazon declaration expresses the ecumenical movement’s commitment to the protection of the Amazon rainforest, the indigenous communities that inhabit the Amazon as well as the quilombolas and riverside communities.   It is an act of solidarity with churches and communities across the Amazon region and an effort by ecumenical partners to achieve peace and justice at local, national, regional and international levels.

The declaration was presented at the Amazon Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Church through a joint letter from Christian Aid’s Brazilian partner, CONIC (National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil). The Synod is taking place at the Vatican, from 6-27 October 2019.

We are the Amazon expresses support for the Synod’s vision and outlines a pathway for action and political pressure to protect the rainforest, the indigenous communities and those human rights defenders who risk their life to preserve the Amazon.

Christian Aid has been reaching out to faith-based organisations (FBOs) globally to support the declaration. So far, 131 signatures have been received from 29 different countries.

Sarah Roure, Christian Aid Brazil Country Manager, said:

“It has been inspiring to see so many faith-based organisations answer the rallying call from the Amazon.  The ecological crisis demands that we stand together with the Amazon and the forest communities, sharing the responsibility to protect the rainforest as our common home”.

From now until 31 October, an ecumenical celebration will be taking place with services and a common liturgy to pray for the protection of the Amazon and its people.

After the Synod, Christian Aid will take part in an inter-religious celebration for the Amazon during the Climate COP in Chile, in December 2019, organising an ecumenical celebration.

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