IRI Brazil issues powerful open letter to candidates for office at national, state levels calling for protection of the Amazon and its guardians

IRI Brazil issued an open letter to the political leaders running in the presidential elections and for the governments of the Amazon, Senate and House of Representatives to commit themselves to the preservation of the Amazon and the protection of its guardians. IRI Brazil was able to get 31 key national and regional organizations and movements that work in the socio-environmental and religious fields to sign the letter, including all members of the Advistory Council. The letter was sent to all 11 candidates for the Presidency of the Republic. Of this total, only three responded and committed themselves to the proposals presented, namely: Luis InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva (PT), Ciro Gomes (PDT) and Simone Tebet (PMDB).  Regarding the candidates from the Legal Amazon, who are running for state governments and the Federal Senate, IRI Brazil sent the letter to the four best positioned candidates in the polls. In all, 33 Letters were sent to the candidates running for state governments and 36 for the Senate. For those running for seats in the House of Representatives, letters were sent to the state directorates of all the parties in the Legal Amazon, reaching the 1,811 candidates. The release corresponding to the delivery of the letter was sent to 118 journalists from the states of the Legal Amazon and to 106 journalists from the national mainstream media, including news agencies. The letter was covered in several prominent media outlets, and was published by the journalist Jamil Chade, from the UOL Portal, one of the most important journalists in the country with an average of 114 million views per month. A copy of the letter can be found here.