The Win-Win Situation Hidden Behind the Amazonia Fires

Real World Radio “How agribusiness and financial markets profit from the devastation of the world´s largest tropical forest”. In this first part of a series of two audio-visual reports, Friends of the Earth Brazil unravels the forces behind the crimes that take place in Brazilian forests. In its second part, the organization analyzes, together with…

Chile’s Environmental Betrayal

Alanna Elder Quintero (Photos from Mujeres de Zona de Sacrificio Quintero-Puchuncaví) Last fall, doctors in two neighboring coastal towns in Chile treated more than a thousand patients for poisoning from poor air quality, a result of the shift from a fishing and tourism economy to an industrial hub. Quintero and Puchuncavi now belch fumes from…

“The Struggle to Defend the Trees and the Forest is First and Foremost a Struggle Against Imperialism”. The Environmentalism of Thomas Sankara

In the wake of the protests launched by the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the international movement to protest for the environment, against climate change and for governments to move in a ‘green’ direction has now reached global dimensions. Many young people have become aware of how important the environment is for the life of…

Indigenous Land Defender, Milgen Idán Soto Ávila, Assassinated in Honduras

Zoe PC Milgen Idán Soto Ávila 29 years old, holds up a picture of his cousin Samael Matute,  assassinated because of his struggle in defense of the territory and ancestral forest. Social movements in Honduras are mourning the assassination of Milgen Idán Soto Ávila, a 29-year-old member of the Tolupán Indigenous community and of the…

Greta: Effects and Their Causes

Atilio Boron Greta Thunberg’s moving defence of the environment and her denunciation of the ravages caused by climate change, as well as her harsh criticism of the world’s political leadership, which by its ineptitude, unconsciousness or corruption has defrauded children and young people by leaving a polluted, semi-destroyed (and, for many species, unlivable) environment as…

Brazil’s An Anti-Environment and Anti-Science Policy

This episode of What’s Happening in Brazil reports on Brazil’s environmental issues, from the wildfires in the Amazon to the man-made environmental disasters caused by predatory mining. Our “Culture Talk” is about Ilu Obá de Min, an all-female drum band that honors Afro-Brazilian culture. And the “Brazilianism” segment will show you acarajé, a popular spicy…

Environmental Terrorism: The Amazon in the Spotlight

Stella Calloni The voracious fire in the Amazon in Brazil that has been burning for more than two weeks was premeditated, since, according to researchers, there were simultaneous fires in different locations while President Jair Bolsonaro not only failed to take the necessary steps to control the situation, but also used this tragedy to accuse…

When the Amazon is Burning, Return to Fidel

Elson Concepción Pérez Twenty-seven years have passed since Fidel’s warning at the Environment Summit in Brazil that a biological species – man – is at risk of disappearing due to the rapid and progressive destruction of its natural living conditions. The fires in the Amazon has been among the most commented news in recent days…

Leading Brasilian Scientist Fired After Announcing Deforestation Crisis

After satellite data from the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research showed an 88% rise in Amazon deforestation, President Bolsonaro denied that it was happening. When the Institute’s director argued back, he was fired. August 2. The director of the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Ricardo Galvão, who revealed data showing a large…