Heroes – Chico Mendes – Champion of the Brazilian Rainforest – murdered by the exploiters.

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Heroes – Chico Mendes – Champion of the Brazilian Rainforest – murdered by the exploiters.

 

Swathes of the Brazilian rainforest are still being cleared. The pristine rainforest, the lungs of the world, are being decimated. The trees are logged, land cleared for farming and ranching and every day roads creep into its guts opening up more hunting and destroying habitats. The short-sighted devastation is all about money. It is driven by the huge companies who are creaming off the profits.

Chico Mendez was a rubber tapper. He made his living from the rainforest. What he saw appalled him. His livelihood and the whole forest were threatened. He became campaigning to save the rubber trees in the rainforest. He argued for a sustainable use of this massive resource.

In doing this he put himself up against the big business interests of the ranchers, miners, loggers and road builders who were opening…

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