Indigenous Leaders Count on Biden to Help Save Amazon Forest from ‘Brink of Collapse’

Biden’s election as the next U.S. leader, replacing climate-change sceptic Donald Trump, has raised expectations that conserving the Amazon forest, seen as a vital buffer against global warming, will get greater attention and priority in Washington.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For decades, indigenous leader Nemonte Nenquimo has been battling to keep her Amazon rainforest home in Ecuador safe from exploitation by oil companies - now she hopes U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will become an ally in that fight.

Her message from the Waorani people she represents to Biden in Washington D.C. is: respect our forests and culture.

“As indigenous peoples, the Amazon is our home and we will always protect it,” said Nenquimo, 35, president of the Waorani Pastaza Organization. “But for the rest of the world, the Amazon is treated as a place . . .

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