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Extractivist populations and socio-environmental movements under the Bolsonaro government

a conversation with Joaquim Belo (President of the Conselho Nacional das Populações Extrativistas (CNS) - National Council of Extractivist Populations, Brazil)

2019.05.01 | Maria Therese Breil

Date Fri 03 May
Time 16:00 18:00
Location Nobelparken 1481-237

Join us for a very special event co-hosted by the Centre for Environmental Humanities and the Department of Global Studies in partnership with the AU Latin American Center and BRASIDAN - Platform for Dansk-Brasilianske Forbindelser

The rubber tappers have historically been at the forefront of Brazil's environmental movements. In the 1980s, they started resisting the encroachment of cattle farmers into the Amazon rainforest. As extractivists, they depend on a standing forest for their livelihood, which led to the coining of terms like "environmentalism of the poor" and grassroots "socio-environmentalism". Their leader Chico Mendes was killed in 1988, which caused an international outcry. The current Brazilian government has announced the weakening of institutions and policies that have since 2004 led to a decrease in deforestation rates, including the demarcation of indigenous lands. Of all countries in the world, most murders of environmental activists occur in Brazil, and in this moment they are in a situation of great vulnerability. Joaquim Belo is going to discuss the current state of affairs in Brazilian politics, especially regarding the Amazon.

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