Vinicius Furuie, Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Bruno Carvalho, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
Mauro Almeida, Professor of Anthropology, UNICAMP; Natalie Unterstell, Director, Talanoa Think Tank
The riverside people of the Brazilian Amazon are under threat of land grabbing and eviction from their lands, despite safeguarding the largest remaining rainforest in the world. The fight to guarantee basic rights for the peoples of the forest is a tool against deforestation as well as a moral imperative. Support for the struggle against invaders brings into sharp relief differences in how riverside people conceive of rights and responsibilities and how the juridical discourse represents them. This talk will move through some of these differences, particularly in relation to the case of riverside populations affected by the construction of the Belo Monte dam in the Brazilian state of Pará, to argue for action that can bridge concepts and strengthen local autonomy.
Presented in collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment