Manifesto ETIV for the defense of the Environment and Human Rights in Brazil


In view of the recurring and growing violations of the environment and human rights in Brazil, Etiv do Brasil, based on the values that led to its foundation, has written a MANIFESTO to reinforce its position of full support for the principles, rights and objectives stipulated and guaranteed in the Brazilian Federal Constitution of 1988.

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At a time when threats to human rights and the environment are exacerbated, in a scenario marked by hatred, intolerance and political division, ETIV do Brasil, a non-governmental organization based in Itacaré, Bahia, hereby expresses its position of total support for the defense of the Federal Constitution of 1988, which stipulated as fundamental objectives of the country the construction of a free, fair and solidary society (Art. 3˚, I), without poverty (Article 3˚, III), in which the good of all, without any kind of prejudice or discrimination, is guaranteed (Article 3, IV).

Also, the Constitution of 1988 guaranteed, in its article 225, the fundamental right to the environment ecologically balanced, considered as "good of common use of the people and essential to the healthy quality of life, imposing to the state and to the community the duty to defend and preserve it for present and future generations".

therefore, we strongly repudiate any setbacks and threats to the realization of the human, social and environmental rights guaranteed in the Constitutional Charter.

Brazil is the country where environmental and homosexual activists are killed the most in the world, and is also one of the world leaders in murders per year, with more than 63,000 on average. The great majority of the victims are young black man from the "favelas". Violence against women is equally alarming and absurd.

The environmental issue also faces many complex challenges. The recent ecological and humanitarian crime in Brumadinho is the unequivocal representation of a model of society that has been muddled in corruption and blind pursuit of financial gains, albeit at the cost of human lives and the environmental balance that is so necessary for the survival not only of the current generation, but also of the future ones.

The ETIV of Brazil came from a dream of a fairer world, with more opportunities for all; a world in which children are not born already condemned to live a life without a future. A world moved not by materialism and individualism, but by values such as empathy, compassion and solidarity.

In this sense, we reaffirm our position of defending human rights and the environment - a right and property of all Brazilian society - present and future.

Brazil has the world's greatest biodiversity and, instead of repeating mistakes, should innovate and position itself as a pioneer in the search for solutions that can reconcile economic growth, social development and ecological protection. We believe in our ability to be leaders in the process of transition to a sustainable economy, at a historic moment in which our own survival is threatened by the global warming process.

Climate change brings new challenges and aggravates the already existing ones, paving the way for an even more unequal world at both the national and international levels. It is therefore necessary that all of us Brazilian citizens join together to defend the various Brazilian biomes (Amazon, Cerrado, Atlantic Forest, among others) and to seek ways of socioeconomic development based on a sustainable and responsible use of our natural resources, giving preference to renewable energy.

We also stand side by side with the indigenous population and the traditional communities, all part of the colorful sociocultural fabric of Brazil. Brazil is a diverse country by nature, and this diversity must be a source of pride, celebration and consequently protection; never of threats and violence.

We believe in the transformative potential of education and we will continue to work with the vital help of our volunteers and partners - national and foreign - in building a more fraternal, just and ecologically sustainable society. The dreams and utopias that led to our foundation are the same ones that continue to guide our paths.

As Fernando Birri said, quoted by Eduardo Galeano in "Las palabras andantes?" (Siglo XXI, 1994): “Utopia is on the horizon. I move two steps closer; it moves two steps further away. I walk another ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps further away. As much as I may walk, I'll never reach it. So what's the point of utopia? The point is this: to keep walking.”

We at ETIV do Brasil will never stop walking.

Join the fight and walk beside us.

ETIV do Brasil

06 de Fevereiro de 2019