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Deforestation and the Future of the Amazon

September 20, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Brazil is a key nation for the implementation of the Paris Agreement but the country’s current government appears more focused on nationalistic and predatory policies than environmental conservation or respect for indigenous people’s rights.

This shift has put the Bolsonaro government on a collision course with local activists, leaders of many other nations, and even the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who is convening a Climate Week in NYC to foster more ambitious action against climate change around the world.

Despite this growing animosity toward the environment by Brazil’s current national leadership, a number of exciting new social and political movements have emerged in Brazil over the past four years to challenge the status quo and deepen democratic representation. Three of these movements – Agora!, Acredito, and Livres – formed an alliance to promote constructive climate action. Together, they represent more than 21,000 individuals and in 2018 they elected 12 new members of Congress. These movements have also collected four million signatures to trigger the creation of Special Congressional Commission to investigate recent policies that Bolsonaro’s government has adopted towards the Amazon.

On September 23rd, representatives of these movements, Brazilian politicians and socioenvironmental leaders will get together at NYU Wagner to examine Brazil’s current approach to preservation, economic development, and human rights in the Amazon, and to discuss viable alternatives for the future.

A light breakfast will be served. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.


Confirmed speakers:

  • Marina Silva, former Senator, Minister of Environment, and presidential candidate, Brazil
  • Tábata Amaral, Member of the Brazilian House of Representatives, PDT, São Paulo
  • Túlio Gadêlha, Member of the Brazilian House of Representatives, PDT, Pernambuco
  • Marina Helou, Member of the Sao Paulo Legislative Assembly, REDE
  • Brenda Brito, Associate Researcher at IMAZON, Belem, Brazil
  • Natalie Unterstell, Counselor with the Brazilian Presidential Forum on Climate Change



Salo Coslovsky, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Service, NYU Wagner


September 20, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Office of International Programs at NYU Wagner
NYU Steinhardt Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
Department of Environmental Studies
Human Rights Initiative at NYU Gallatin


Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012 United States
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