A Prayer For The New Year
As the year draws to a close, I’m heading into 2020 with the hope for humanity to have clear vision of the enormous challenge of human-caused climate change, and the potential for us to change course. May this be a year that lives up to its name, and may the new decade see the changes that are so necessary to protect people & the planet.
At Digital Democracy we’re doing our part to turn that prayer into a reality, partnering with communities on the frontlines of protecting human & environmental rights around the planet.
In 2019 we witnessed terrible losses. In the Amazon, where we have primarily worked the past five years, we saw fires, land invasions and murder of indigenous leaders. Scientists warn we are nearing the tipping point, where a deforestation will trigger dramatic changes and turn parts of the rainforest into savannah.
But we also watched our partners win historic victories. In Ecuador, the Waorani people protected 1/2 million acres of primary rainforest from oil drilling, and the Kofan of Sinangoe halted gold mining on their territory. In Peru, we worked with our partners ECA-Amarakaeri as they documented illegal logging & mining, and worked with the government to protect Peru’s largest communal reserve. Across the Amazon we saw Indigenous people unite against their collective threats, and lead the way in protecting the rainforest for the sake of all of us.
In 2020 the Digital Democracy team is being asked to support new communities, in Brazil, Central America & Southeast Asia. We want to take the tools & lessons learned from our current partnerships and support frontline communities around the world. We’re working to do our part to make the world a more just place, and we’re asking for your help.
Can you donate to Digital Democracy today, and help us support frontline communities in the year to come?