The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), on behalf of its 97 million affiliated workers in 130 countries from all corners of the world, declares its total rejection against the terrible forest fires that currently harm Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay and at the same time affirms its solidarity with the populations of the affected areas.
For the WFTU, the catastrophe in the “green lung of the planet”, as well as the consequences for the native peoples and thousands of species of flora and fauna of the region is not a coincidence, but an organized crime, a plan encouraged and stimulated by the big capital and the Brazilian government that continues to implement with more intensity the harmful policies for the environment of the previous social democratic governments. Its goal is to illegally deforest land for livestock and agriculture, delivering virgin forests to transnationals for biofuels, illegal logging and mining.
The big class-oriented union family of the WFTU demands the immediate application of protection, compensation and reforestation measures in the affected areas, as well as the prohibition of business activities in the region.
In addition, we call on the peoples and workers of the countries of the Amazon to intensify their struggle for the protection of the environment, which is also a struggle against the capitalist system that generates poverty policies, environmental catastrophes and crimes against the peoples of the world.