The Amazon is home to 33 million people who are threatened by climate change, pollution and deforestation. The Amazon also is crucial for stabilizing the global climate. Throughout WYD, a video about the need to protect the Amazon appeared on big screens on Copacabana beach. The video was produced by WWF and WYD organizers.
As the theme of WYD, the Pope called upon youth pilgrims to “go and make disciples of all nations,” by “taking a call to mission.” He also stressed the need to respect diversity within societies and find solutions through dialogue.
“I agree we need to respect cultural differences, including of indigenous peoples and local communities in Brazil and in the Amazon,” Maretti said. “How can we allow roads, hydropower dams, mines, and other ‘public interest’ and private sector activities to go forward against their will?”