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  • Writer's pictureAbel Rodrigues

The time has come. Amazonians need more representation, now.

The Amazon rainforest stands as a symbol of our planet's natural beauty and ecological significance, a vital piece in the intricate puzzle of combating climate change. With its vast expanse, rich biodiversity, and irreplaceable ecosystems, the Amazon rainforest plays a crucial role in regulating our climate and supporting countless species. Yet, amidst the discussions about its preservation and the broader fight against climate change, there is a glaring absence of Amazonian representation. It’s simply not right.

It's paradoxical that we often deliberate over the fate of the Amazon without actively involving the very people who call it home – the Amazonians. The global discussions around our vital region are devoid of our voices, our perspectives, and our lived experiences. This lack of representation not only undermines the authenticity of the discourse but also weakens the effectiveness of the solutions proposed. It's time we rectify this gap and recognize the significance of incorporating Amazonian viewpoints into the global conversation.

By engaging Amazonians in global discussions, we ensure that policies and strategies aren't imposed from the outside but are developed collaboratively, addressing both environmental and societal needs.

Events like the Amazon Summit (Cúpula da Amazônia) and COP30 offer a glimmer of hope, as they put the spotlight on the Amazon and its people. Cúpula da Amazônia was a notable effort to bring together leaders from Amazonian countries to foster cooperation and develop a unified approach towards sustainable development. And the decision to host COP30 in the heart of the Amazon, Belém do Pará, also reflects a step in the right direction – allowing the world to witness the beauty and complexity of the region firsthand.

However, meaningful representation goes beyond hosting events. It necessitates creating platforms that amplify diverse voices from the Amazon, providing us with a seat at the table in ongoing climate discussions.

As we move forward, it's imperative to address some of the challenges that persist. The struggles of Amazonian communities, such as land rights and preservation of our cultures, must be taken seriously. Political commitments made at these summits must translate into action on the ground, promoting sustainable development that respects both the environment and its inhabitants.

The world's focus on the Amazon reflects the urgency of the climate crisis and the interconnectedness of global ecosystems. Let's not miss the chance to rectify the historical oversight of excluding Amazonian voices. By integrating their perspectives into the international discourse, we create a more holistic and effective approach to combating climate change – one that acknowledges the Amazon as not just a place of wonder but a home to its people. As we navigate the complexities of this challenge, let us the Amazonians guide us towards a more sustainable future for both our planet and its diverse inhabitants.

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