Colombia: Protect Environmental Defender Jani Silva

Jani Silva is an environmental defender who, despite threats to her life, continues to fight for the conservation of the Amazon ecosystem and for the rights of hundreds of peasants (campesinos).

Jani Silva is helping you breathe. Yes, you. Despite attacks, she fights to protect the Amazon ecosystem. She knows its importance - the water, forests and wetlands there produce oxygen that allows the whole world to breathe.

"Let us not only think about our children, but also about the families of others; let us not only think about our own country, but also about other countries. Let's think about all those who need us." Jani Silva

Colombia is the most dangerous place in the Americas to be an environmental defender. People like Jani, who defend the Colombia's rich eco-system and those who live within it, are attacked, persecuted and killed every day. Jani faces threats from illegal groups, the military, drug traffickers and multinational companies. 

Despite this, she is up at 5.30am each day, working with hundreds of campesinos in her community on a range of crucial projects from reforestation to youth empowerment.

Take a deep breath.

To keep breathing, we must protect our planet. To protect our planet, we must protect people like Jani Silva.

Call on the President of Colombia to:

  • Ensure that Jani Silva and the colleagues she work with, have access to a collective protection plan

Dear Mr President,

Jani Silva has been standing alongside the campesino farmers in the Putumayo region for decades. She has dedicated her life to defending the environment and natural resources. 

However, Jani's work has put her in danger. She has been followed, intimidated by unknown people with guns and threatened with death. 

As protectors of resources that the world depends on for its survival, Jani and the campesino farmers she stands with should be defended. 

I call on you to protect Jani and all members of ADISPA, an organisation she founded along with her colleagues to preserve the peasant Amazon Pearl Reserve Zone. In doing so, you will be safeguarding not just them, but a whole ecosystem powering the planet. 

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