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Brazilian metal titans Sepultura have shared an eco-conscious video clip for Guardians of Earth, in partnership with Amazon Frontlines, an environmental action group.
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It was directed by Brazilian director Raul Machado and features footage of the Amazon Rainforest’s Indigenous tribes and wildlife whose lives are being threatened by extractive industries, government indifference and deforestation.
“We appreciate Sepultura not only because they’re one of the greatest metal bands of all time, but because they are using their platform to shine a light on deforestation and the struggles of Indigenous peoples,” says Amazon Frontlines’ Executive Director, Mitch Anderson. “By sharing these stories with the world through their music, Sepultura is doing their part to support Indigenous communities, the ‘Guardians of Earth’, as they lead the fight to protect the Amazon Rainforest and the planet.”
Amazon Frontlines is a non-profit organisation based in the Upper Amazon. Their mission is to support indigenous people, and defend their rights to land, life and cultural survival. Guardians of Earth was inspired by their social media activity.
“The images of the fight and struggle of various Indigenous tribes, whose existence is under threat as they defend one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, were very touching and upsetting,” says Sepultura frontman Derrick Green. “Not only are Indigenous peoples being murdered but their rainforest territories are being burned and polluted at an alarming rate. The movement is inspirational and I felt that their voices needed to be heard loudly.”
Guardians of Earth features on Sepultura’s last album Quadra, released earlier this year through Nuclear Blast.