Change Edition

Amazon chief visits Luxembourg to raise money for rainforest
Environment

Amazon chief visits Luxembourg to raise money for rainforest

8 by YL 20.05.2019 From our online archive
The Luxembourg government said it would give €100,000 for the protection of the Amazon rainforest
Photo: Gerry Huberty
Photo: Gerry Huberty

Brazilian chief Raoni Metuktire, one of the most prominent advocates for the conservation of the Amazon rainforest, is visiting Luxembourg as part of a three-week trip to Europe.

He met with prime minister Xavier Bettel, finance minister Pierre Gramegna, the mayor of Luxembourg Lydie Polfer and Grand Duke Henri on Monday.

The chief wants to raise more than €1 million for the protection of the Xingu reservation in Central Brazil, especially at a time when president Jair Bolsonaro advocates cutting down the rainforest in order to use the areas economically.

The Luxembourg government said it would give €100,000 for the protection of the rainforest.

The chief had already met with Pope Francis and French president Emmanuel Macron.

Last Friday, chief Raoni also attended a 'Youth For Climate' protest in Brussels, encouraging students to skip school on Fridays to protest against a lack of action against climate change.


Get the Luxembourg Times delivered to your inbox twice a day. Sign up for your free newsletters here.