Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

The Amazon Is Burning—Why It Should Matter to You

Thu, August 29, 2019
The Amazon Is Burning—Why It Should Matter to You

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.

In keeping with its tradition of addressing urgent issues of the day, LLILAS Benson convenes a foro urgente, bringing 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. The university community and the public are invited to attend "The Amazon Is Burning—What It Should Mean to You" to learn more about this crisis and its potential solutions.

Guest speakers include Eugenio Arima, associate professor, Geography and the Environment, UT Austin; Edward Shore, historian and research fellow at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, Texas Law; Cynthia Simmons, associate professor, Dept. of Geography, University of Florida; and Chris Searles, founder and director of BioIntegrity, a nonprofit that seeks solutions to climate change and species extinctions.

The forum will take place on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m. at RLP 1.302B (located in Patton Hall, or the Liberal Arts Building).

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paloma Díaz. To RSVP and receive event updates via Facebook, visit The Amazon Is Burning.

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