The Value of the Amazon Rainforest Alive
The idea of this text is an exercise of joining available dates about different types of lives inside the Amazon rainforest and it is also a plea to people develop awareness to keep the forest alive according to indigenous view of the nature.
The idea of Amazon rainforest alive was first said by Chico Mendes who was a rubber tapper and Brazilian environmentalist who fighted together to rubber tappers since the 1970s when ranchers was devastating the forest because of livestock breading. The activism to keep the Amazon rainforest alive made him the most representative fighter and defensor against the deforestation in Brazil and although his death probably he is in the forest alive in his spirit.
After 32 years from the death of Chico Mendes and the visits to Acre state, the director Rafa Calil decided to make a documentary about "Povos da Floresta" launched in September of 2020 wich means Forest People with subtitles in english and there are important ideas about Amazon Rainforest as follow:
This documentary of 1h30 is very didatic about the value of the forest and forest people and enphasizes the need to understand and respect indigenous people and the importance to defend the forest.
When a place is in the list of World Heritage it means the value of the forest to all the planet as follow:
The exercise of joining available data about the biodiveristy of Amazon was really difficult and maybe this can be compared and updated in the future by others who want to do same exercise.
Indigenous view of the nature
After introducing the value of the forest it is really important to understand the time of the nature according to indigenous wich is very slow and patient. This view is the opposite to the one who see the forest with a fast monetary potential of the capitalism system.
The other important point of view according to indigenous people is that all the nature has different types of spirits. The river has a spirit, the birds have spirits, the wind has spirits, the trees have spirits. It means that according to indigenous view, all these spirits protect us and if humans do not understand that, they are killing themselves. Humans who still destroy the forest maybe has lost the conection that is so important to indigenous peoples.