In terms of climate change, and the Amazon being this crucially important buffer against the worst effects of climate change, that’s something that Bitaté and the Uru Eu Wau Wau are very aware of. They understand the importance of this rainforest, not just for them, but for the farmers that live nearby. The Uru Eu Wau Wau territory is the headwaters for 17 different major rivers in the state of Rondônia. All of the irrigation water these farmers are using comes from their land. It’s important that these forests remain standing. They want to be able to continue to grow crops. Let alone the rising climate, the funky weather patterns, all of this other destruction that’s going to come to agriculture if we let climate change run rampant.
Source: In the Amazon, Political Power Grows Out of the Barrel of a Camera Lens – CounterPunch.org