Chico Vive: The Legacy of Chico Mendes and the Global Grassroots Environmental Movement

February 05, 2014

Celebrating the legacy of Chico Mendes and the courage of thousands of present-day grassroots activists who follow in his footsteps.

April 4-6, 2014
School of International Service
American University, Washington, D.C.

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Meet activists and experts from around the world to discuss and debate global environmental issues that affect all of us.

Brazilian environmental martyr and rural union leader Chico Mendes was killed in 1988. In the past 25 years grassroots activists in many places have mobilized to protect the environment and their communities from destruction. Every month someone like Chico Mendes is killed somewhere in the world as a result of nonviolent advocacy.

Activists and experts will meet at the Chico Vive conference to talk about Mendes’ legacy and their own efforts on the front lines of sustainability. The agenda will include keynote speakers from Brazil and the United States; grassroots panelists from Indonesia, Guatemala, and other countries; cultural performances; and a mini-film festival of documentaries about Chico Mendes and today’s grassroots environmental movements.

Participants include Edwin Cisco (Liberia), Aunty Joan Hendriks (Australia), Norman Jiwan (Indonesia), Chief Liz Logan (Canada), Godfrey Massay (Tanzania), Raimundo Mendes de Barros (Brazil), Cristian Otzin (Guatemala), Cristhian Prado Andrade (Ecuador), Gomercindo Rodrigues (Brazil), Georgina Shanley (USA), Hiparidi Top’tiro (Brazil), Ernesto Tzi (Guatemala), Tek Vannara (Cambodia), Franco Viteri (Ecuador).

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The Chico Vive conference is cosponsored and funded by 20 nonprofit organizations, and foundations and other donors, including Cultural Survival:
American University Global Environmental Politics program (host), Action Aid, AIUSA Group 297, Amazon Watch, AU Center for Environmental Filmmaking, AU International Development Program Student Association, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Cultural Survival, EcoSense, Ford Foundation, Forest Peoples Programme, Georgetown University Environmental Law Society, Global Witness, Greenpeace, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Oxfam America, Rainforest Action Network, Rainforest Foundation, University of Maryland Latin American Studies Center, and International Labor Rights Forum.


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