(Photo credit: Felipe Milanez, 2010)
(Para o português, veja abaixo)
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On May 24, 2011, Maria do Espirito Santo and Zé Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva, nut collectors and members of the agroforestry project (Projeto Agro-Extractivista, PAE) of Praialta Piranheira in the Brazilian Amazon, were brutally murdered as a consequence of their engagement in protecting the forest from illegal logging and timber trafficking. Making their lives out of a non-exploitative and regenerative relationship with the forest, and passionate about the defence of the rights of both Amazonia and its people, Maria’s and Zé Cláudio’s deaths belong to the number of earth defenders whose lives are being taken, year after year, for opposing the infinite expansion of global economic growth and social metabolism (Global Witness 2019). In 2012, the pair were posthumously recognised as Forest Heroes by the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat for their work fighting illegal forestry.
This May 27 14 – 15:30 CEST 2021, ten years later, we honor their memory and talk about their legacy for environmental justice struggles in Brazil and beyond. Join Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership, Stefania Barca, and Bartira Fortes, representative of Latinamerikagrupperna, in a moderated discussion with:
Registration for the zoom event is free and open to all but should be made in advance here. The webinar will be limited to 500 participants. The event will be in Portuguese with English interpretation. The event will be recorded.
The tragedy of Zé Cláudio and Maria’s murder is not in isolation. In 2019 alone, it is estimated that over 200 environmental defenders were killed as a consequence of their commitment to protect the environment and indigenous lands. Indigenous leaders and Indigenous women leaders in particular have been at the forefront of this struggle. How can we make sense of the violence against earth defenders in a time when their work is all the more important in the context of climate change? What can we learn from their stories about the transition to a post-carbon future?
We strongly encourage watching the freely available 60min documentary film from Vice Magazine, Toxic Amazon, to give context for the discussion. You can also watch Claudelice’s speech at the European Parliament here (begins at approximately 15:25, select your choice of language.) We also recommend reading more about Maria and Zé Cláudio’s story and other environmental defenders to learn more about the context. This recent book, Environmental Defenders : Deadly Struggles for Life and Territory, includes contributions by Claudelice and Felipe.
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As inscrições para o evento de zoom são gratuitas e abertas a todo/as, mas devem ser feitas com antecedência aqui.
O webinar será limitado a 500 participantes. O evento será em português com interpretação em inglês. O evento será gravado.
A tragédia do assassinato de Zé Cláudio e Maria não é isolada. Somente em 2019, estima-se que mais de 200 defensores/as ambientais foram mortos/as em consequência de seu compromisso com a proteção do meio ambiente e das terras indígenas. As lideranças indígenas e camponesas estão na vanguarda dessa luta. Como podemos entender a violência contra os/as defensores/as da Terra em uma época em que seu trabalho é ainda mais importante no contexto das mudanças climáticas? O que podemos aprender com suas histórias sobre a transição para um futuro pós-carbono?
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