In a bizarre series of events, the international advocacy group Survival has requested the help of rocker Mick Jagger to protect a group of uncontacted tribes living in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru. The Peruvian government is attempting to find gas deposits located in an Amazonian reserve where they have already promised the indigenous people they would not do so.
Last year, Peru name Mick Jagger an Environmental Ambassador after he visited Manú National Park, which was pronounced as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. Now Survival is urging Jagger to live up to his honorary title and speak out against the government’s plans.
“Peru should stop and remind itself why these areas are protected, and Mick Jagger should use his honorary title to demand some answers,” said Survival’s Director Stephen Corry in a press release. “As an honorary ambassador of Peru’s Amazon Rainforest we urge you to call on the authorities to live up to their promises, and stop endangering the Indian’s lives.”
Jagger has yet to respond to the request.
Peruvian officials told Survival that they will aim to protect isolated tribes in the area but Survival was quick to point out that the government promised not to expand the Camisea project into the isolated Indians’ territory and that these current plans are directly breaking that promise.