Last night, I learned that a friend of mine – an amazing, young indigenous leader in the Colombian Amazon – was taken from his family, and the world, much too early by this terrible virus. He fought for indigenous rights, against the destruction of forests and climate change, for equity and partnership, and for a better world. Tears seem hollow in the face not only of this loss, but in the face of the continuing loss of indigenous leaders who are confronting the pandemic and the historic devastation of their lands and cultures by so many other forces. The virus is wrecking havoc all around the world, and is especially terrible in indigenous territories where support is often lacking. In honor of my friend, Robinson Lopez, and in profound sadness, solidarity, and respect for his family, please join me in listening and learning about this emergency here and here and contributing what you can to causes such as this and this.
Amazing tributes are circulating nearly every minute. Here’s one I’m proud to have contributed to from the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force Global Committee for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.
Peace, brother. Your fight and spirit will continue.