Not A Single Drop More

Indigenous leaders stage protest in Berlin

Indigenous leaders are currently on a tour called Indigenous Blood: Not A Single Drop More

Brazilian indigenous leaders and a group of activists from Greenpeace Germany are peacefully protesting in front of the venue of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainability Committee Meeting in Berlin against forest destruction. In 2010, the CGF and its members promised to end deforestation by 2020 through “responsible sourcing” of commodities such as cattle and soya, key drivers of forest destruction in Brazil. So far, measures taken by the companies indicate that they will fail to keep this promise. In this photo: Romancil Gentil Cretã, Célia Xakriabá / Celia Nunes Correa, Sonia Guajajara / Sonia Bone de Souza Silva Santos, Angela Kaxuyana / Angela Amanakwa Kaxuyana, Kretã Kaingang Eine Brasilianische Indigenen-Delegation und Greenpeace Aktivistinnen und Aktivisten protestieren vor dem Veranstaltungsort der internationalen Konferenz des Consumer Goods Forums (CGF) in Berlin friedlich gegen Waldzerstoerung. Bereits 2010 hatte das CGF mit seinen Firmen – darunter Weltkonzerne wie Nestlé oder Unileve rversprochen, Waldzerstoerung bis 2020 aus ihren Lieferketten zu verbannen.Trotz dieser Selbstverpflichtung koennen viele dieser Unternehmen immer noch nicht ausschließen, dass für ihre Produkte weltweit riesige Waldflaechen vernichtet werden. Greenpeace fordert daher in Deutschland und auf EU-Ebene Gesetze, die Unternehmen zu nachhaltigen Lieferketten verpflichten und den Marktzugang fuer Produkte in der EU an strenge oekologische und soziale Kriterien knuepfen. In diesem Bild: Romancil Gentil Cretã, Célia Xakriabá / Celia Nunes Correa, Sonia Guajajara / Sonia Bone de Souza Silva Santos, Angela Kaxuyana / Angela Amanakwa Kaxuyana, Kretã Kaingang
© Kevin McElvaney / Greenpeace

Indigenous people from Brazil, currently on an awareness tour of Europe, yesterday protested outside the building where the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) on sustainability took place. The forum brings together heads of the largest food companies in the world, including Nestlé, Unilever, Cargill and Mondelēz.

“The industries you represent are part of what indigenous people have been suffering in Brazil. Everything is at stake: the Amazon forest, the climate, our survival,” said Sônia Guajajara, an indigenous leader who is  leading the “Indigenous Blood: Not A Single Drop More” tour.

Since January, the number of invasions of indigenous territory has doubled and the number of attacks on aboriginal peoples has increased by 44% in relation to the same period in 2018, according to data from the indigenous council, Cimi. Invaders usually are heavily armed and their aim is to deforest and mine illegally.

During the peaceful protest, Greenpeace Germany displayed a tree trunk with the words “stop killing the forests’ to symbolize the burning that has been destroying the Amazon forest to make way for land-grabbers, agribusiness and illegal mining.

Gesche Jürgens, Greenpeace forests campaign manager, said “the industry needs to take responsibility for the impact they cause and stop purchasing from those who destroy the forest. European governments must legally force its industry to not sell products that violate humans rights and environmental regulations, or those who contribute to deforestation.

In 2010, CGF pledged to halt deforestation in the Amazon and set a 2020 final deadline. The goal was to set up a network of responsible commodity suppliers, especially livestock and soya, the two major sources of deforestation. However, the idea never really left the drawing board and failed to produce any results.


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