In despair at the aftermath of the corona pandemic in the Brazilian city of Manaus, its mayor asked the Swedish climate protection icon Greta Thunberg for help. “We need help,” Mayor Arthur Virgilio Neto said to Thunberg in a video message published in English on the Twitter online service. In his city in the heart of the Amazon region, the “lives of forest conservationists” would have to be saved.
The novel corona virus caused “a catastrophe, barbarism” in Manaus, Neto complained. Because of the suffering of his people, he now turns to Thunberg. “I know the influence you have and I know your ability to empathize with others,” said the mayor. “Help the Amazon, the Amazon and the forest must be saved.”
In the state of Amazonas, whose capital is Manaus, more than 500 people have died of Covid-19, including many indigenous people. The hospitals in the region lack material.
In an interview with the AFP news agency, Neto recently compared the corona crisis in his city with “scenes from a horror film”. In several television interviews about the corona pandemic, the local politician burst into tears.
The 17-year-old Swede Thunberg donated $ 100,000 to the United Nations Children’s Fund Unicef on Thursday to protect children against the new corona virus. The climate protectionist had received the sum as part of an award from the Danish non-governmental organization Human Act.
On Saturday, Thunberg continued to spread a Greenpeace statement via Twitter, in which the environmental organization criticized the lack of protection of indigenous people from the corona pandemic. “This is completely unacceptable,” Thunberg wrote. “The situation in the Amazon during the corona pandemic is really alarming. You have to defend the defenders of the forest.”