Violence in the Amazon: Why Protecting the Rainforest is Still a Fight
- Geoffrey O'Connor
- Anne Checler
In the 1980s, the murder of Brazilian environmentalist Chico Mendes fueled an international movement to “Save The Rainforest” from unchecked development. The cause soon drew a host of celebrities – like Sting, eventually slowed deforestation, and even helped in getting ancestral lands recognized for indigenous people. The cause is still alive today as economic and political troubles shake Brazil, but its continued existence may well rely on some unlikely allies.
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