Ijo Pona is the Harrogate adventure blog written by a Funny Little Man. Andy is a freelance web designer in Harrogate and he is also a well-received sound artist and runs a mastering studio in Yorkshire. The Wire Magazine once described him as "... difficult to dislike." Still at my most enthusiastic and naive.
Funny Little Man – Harrogate
Dear Andrew Jones MP,
As you may be aware from our previous correspondence, I have a passion for Human Rights and environmental campaigns – it is about the rights of the Munduruku people and the plight of the Amazon that I am writing to you now. As you will be aware, the Olympics will start in Rio de Janerio in a month’s time. As TV crews arrive from hundreds of countries, those in power will want to look like world-leaders, not world destroyers.
Like most people, I am in awe at the sheer magnitude of the Biodiversity that exists within the Amazon Rainforest. Andrew Jones, are you happy for the Amazon to be sold to the highest bidder? To see bulldozers obliterate the heart of the rainforest? I hope not – that’s why I’m counting on you to take urgent action by putting pressure on the Brazilian Government before they give the green light to the bulldozers.
Unless we get our act together as one voice, Brazil could give the go-ahead to the destructive Tapajos dam right in the heart of the Amazon. The dam would make Indigenous People, called the Munduruku, homeless and threaten thousands of species. Despite the fact that solar and wind would do the job of a dam, without the damage.
By joining together with thousands of voices from Berlin to Birmingham and back to Brazil, can you show Brazil’s government that people from across the world won’t stand idly by and watch this happen.
When Greenpeace, and campaigners from across the world, drew attention to deforestation caused by the soya industry, governments and huge corporations saw the error of their ways. Since that people-powered campaign, a ban has protected the Amazon from this destructive industry. Now, can you join us and save the Amazon from this new, frightening threat.
Thanks for taking a stand,
In the interests of democracy, I will print Andrew Jones MP’s letter in the comments section of this post. I am still to hear back about the letter I wrote concerning Belén – I don’t think it bothers him. If this letter has piqued a thought in you feel free to copy it and send it to your own MP – if not then please sign this petition to express your interest.