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SOS Amazônia Statement on the donation announcement to fight COVID-19 in the Amazon

We come to inform that SOS Amazônia, a non-profit Civil Society Organization operating in the Amazon region for almost 32 years, did not receive the donation announced by Environmental Activist Greta Thunberg on 20 July 2020. We also inform the public that we have no relationship with the sosamazonia.fund campaign, promoted by the Fridays For Future (FFF) movement in Brazil and by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (Fundação Amazonas Sustentável – FAS), which will receive the resource donated by the activist.

It turns out that the name chosen by the campaign's leading organizations mentioned above caused a misunderstanding with the public and the media. Even though the campaign is called “sosamazonia”, we did not participate in the construction of the initiative and, as it is a movement that helps the peoples of the forest, at no time did we think of preventing the use of the name, but rather of joining efforts to fight Covid19 and alert the organizers of Fridays for Future’s campaign about the possibility of generating these misunderstandings.

Thus, in order to avoid questions and clarify our associate members, partner institutions, supporters, donors and public opinion in general, we communicate that SOS Amazônia, identified by the website www.sosamazonia.org.br, promotes projects and campaigns to protect the Amazon Rainforest and support its traditional populations - indigenous peoples and agroextractive communities, but does not receive resources from the campaign mentioned.

We also take this opportunity to announce that SOS Amazônia, in partnership with the Chico Mendes Committee (Comitê Chico Mendes), the Pro-Indian Commission (Comissão Pró-Índio – CPI) and the National Council of Extractive Populations (Conselho Nacional das Populações Extrativistas – CNS), is promoting a campaign to help the extractive and indigenous communities of the State of Acre that have been suffering from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through the “Peoples of the Forest against Covid-19” campaign, we intend to raise funds to support 3,638 families. More information can be found at https://sosamazonia.org.br/povos-da-floresta-contra-covid/

Rio Branco – Acre, 21 July 2020


Miguel Scarcello
CEO and Founder of SOS Amazônia