The international campaign for the protection of the Amazon started on May 11th in Lisbon. This first step was an opportunity to introduce a new generation of indigenous leaders: the Tapi and Watatakalu chiefs, who received a great welcome from all those who had the privilege to attend the events.
AN INSPIRING FIRST EDITION OF WOMEN FOR THE AMAZON
On the 11th of May, the Women for the Amazon event took place at the Mamma Shelter, bringing together committed women to discuss their role in environmental activism in the Amazon. Watatakalu shared her experience as a woman from the Xingu region: how to reconcile her role as a mother and an activist for the indigenous cause and women's rights, as well as how to pass on to her children the indigenous culture and the vital skills to preserve their traditions and the Amazon forest. This inspiring testimony touched the participants, and provoked a constructive and profound exchange between the different European and indigenous perspectives.
AN REMARKABLE MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF PORTUGAL
The second day in Lisbon was marked by a beautiful meeting with the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who took the time to exchange with the Tapi and Watatakalu chiefs.
A GREAT TURNOUT FOR THE CHARITY DINNER
The day ended with a tree planting in the heart of the Estufa Fria gardens, followed by a warm and festive Gala Dinner held at Brown's Hotel and attended by nearly 80 people.
Hosted by Ana Rita Clara, this event was a moment of sharing and solidarity. The cocktail party started with Brazilian music and the guests had the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the indigenous leaders.
Watatakalu, Tapi, the president of AFV, Robert Dardanne, the film director Jean-Pierre Dutilleux and Catarina Freitas, Municipal Director of Environment, Green Structure, Climate and Energy of the CML, all were able to speak during the dinner. Ms. Freitas in her speech had in fact been given the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Mayor of Lisbon, providing a truly influential addition to our speakers.
The event was a great movement of people committed to environmental protection and raised valuable funds for the association through an auction at the end of the evening.
FROM LISBON TO PARIS : A CALL TO ACTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE AMAZON
During their stay in Lisbon, the indigenous leaders had the honour of meeting the President of Portugal. A tree was also symbolically planted in a tropical greenhouse in Lisbon.
This stage marked the beginning of the international campaign to protect the Amazon rainforest. Future European events will include Berlin, Cannes, Lyon, Geneva, Brussels and Paris.
We would like to thank all the participants, partners and organisers who made this tour possible. We look forward to continuing this World Tour and sharing the journey of these indigenous Xingu personalities across Europe. Together we can make a positive impact and work towards the preservation of indigenous cultures and a sustainable future for our planet.
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