Department of Geography and the Environment

Foro Urgente: "The Amazon Is Burning—Why It Should Matter to You," Thursday, 9/12

Fri, August 30, 2019
Foro Urgente:
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Thu, September 12, 2019 | RLP (Patton Liberal Arts Building) 1.302B

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The recent surge in Amazon forest fires has sounded the international alarm, eliciting protests from European heads-of-state, scientists, Hollywood stars, and on social media. Under the administration of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian government has scaled back environmental laws and enforcement capabilities, defiantly claiming Brazil’s sovereign right to extract the Amazon’s resources. This Foro Urgente brings together specialists in the history, geography, and political economy of tropical forests to reflect on the crisis in the Amazon, one of the most pressing contemporary environmental challenges.

This forum will feature presentations from Eugenio Arima (associate professor, Dept. of Geography and the Environment, UT Austin), Edward Shore (historian and fellow at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at Texas Law), Cynthia Simmons (associate professor, Dept. of Geography, University of Florida), and Chris Searles (founder/director, BioIntegrity).

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paloma Díaz.

To RSVP and receive updates via Facebook, visit Foro Urgente: The Amazon Is Burning.

Event co-sponsored by the LLILAS Benson Brazil Center.

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