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The link with the earth

Preserving indigenous living and lands, to combat pollution, also promotes the health of the world's population.

When we think of health, we automatically associate which drug will have the most specific effect.

This immediacy has distanced us from caring for ourselves in routine. We end up forgetting that being healthy is also related to the quality of our water, food, air and even our moments of leisure. Resources that are increasingly scarce because of the relationship that people have had with the Earth. Human actions are responsible for deforestation, lack of solid waste management, river pollution, construction in spring areas, the emission of greenhouse gases, among others, which impact your own health.

For this article, we spoke with Pedro Nassar, coordinator of the Mamirauá Institute's Community-Based Tourism Program, and Patrícia Rosa, a PhD researcher at the Mamirauá Institute, to talk about the uses and links with the land that we lose when we become a society of unrestrained production.

On the front line, in this dispute over who will take care (or not) of the forest and all its wealth, are the native peoples, who see and relate to the land in a dynamic of care and respect. Today, we find several studies pointing out that indigenous lands are the most effective for maintaining carbon stocks, for example.

We can relearn, understanding this cycle: that preserving the experiences of indigenous lands is promoting the sustainable use of resources (time is also a resource!), fighting pollution and thus generating health.

Health, for indigenous peoples, is intrinsically linked to the territory, to the land. Not seeing as the process of illness, but as day-to-day practices. The effects we have, such as economic instability, poor housing structure, difficulties in accessing health and leisure institutions, affect the well-being of people, who also get sick. The excess accumulation of sad things.

"Caring for oneself, for relatives, extensive care for the environment, nature, ways of life, are directly linked to well-being."
Patricia Rosa.

This relationship with space can be seen in the Jaquiri Indigenous Land, an area inhabited by the Kambeba. They believe that space is what sustains them, if it gets sick, they are also vulnerable. Through the visits, through the experiences, in partnership with Uakari, there is socio-environmental education, for the preservation of the Amazon, at the moment when you get to know its culture and are enchanted by it.

“A territory that is lost is a place that cannot be visited. A species that is lost is an attraction that will no longer be seen. Important details for the Amazon to perpetuate.”
Pedro Nassar.

The importance of preserving indigenous experiences lies in maintaining biodiversity and the multiplicity of life forms. The strengthening of the territory is to strengthen the culture, which is an important part of who we are, thus being able to project how we want the future to be.


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