The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest

The Burning Season The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest In the rain forests of the western writes author Andrew Revkin the threat of violent death hangs in the air like mist after a tropical rain It is simply a part of the ecosystem just like the scorp

  • Title: The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest
  • Author: Andrew Revkin
  • ISBN: 9781559630894
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the rain forests of the western , writes author Andrew Revkin, the threat of violent death hangs in the air like mist after a tropical rain It is simply a part of the ecosystem, just like the scorpions and snakes living in the leafy canopy that floats over the forest floor like a seamless green circus tent Violent death came to Chico Mendes in the rain foIn the rain forests of the western , writes author Andrew Revkin, the threat of violent death hangs in the air like mist after a tropical rain It is simply a part of the ecosystem, just like the scorpions and snakes living in the leafy canopy that floats over the forest floor like a seamless green circus tent Violent death came to Chico Mendes in the rain forest on December 22, 1988 A labor and environmental activist, Mendes was targetted by powerful ranchers for organizing resistance to the wholesale burning of the forest He was a target because he had convinced the government to take back land ranchers had stolen at gunpoint or through graft and then to transform it into extractive reserves, set aside for the sustainable production of rubber, nuts, and other goods harvested from the living forest This was not just a local land battle on a remote frontier Mendes had invented a kind of reverse globalization, creating alliances between his grassroots campaign and the global environmental movement Some 500 similar killings had gone unprosecuted, but this case would be different Under international pressure, for the first time Brazilian officials were forced to seek, capture, and try not only an gunman but the person who ordered the killing.In this reissue of the environmental classic The Burning Season, with a new introduction by the author, Andrew Revkin artfully interweaves the moving story of Mendes s struggle with the broader natural and human history of the world s largest tropical rain forest It became clear, writes Revkin, acclaimed science reporter for The New York Times, that the murder was a microcosm of the larger crime the unbridled destruction of the last great reservoir of biological diversity on Earth In his life and untimely death, Mendes forever altered the course of development in the , and he has since become a model for environmental campaigners everywhere.

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    1. Surprisingly fresh, 25 years laterRevkin has masterfully assembled a huge multitude of people, economic and political forces which culminated on Chico Mendes and the rubber tapper movement in Acre Brazil during the 1980s.Much of Brazilian history is overly academic and discordant, but this read comes life with almost deceptive simplicity at times. While it is clear the book is written in memory of Chico and the movement to preserve the rainforest the facts often speak for themselves.


    2. Ugh. This was tough. The history is fascinating but the writing made the telling of Chico's work so boring. I had a really tough time getting though this book despite being interested in the history of the rubber tappers and Chico himself.


    3. Murder Of An ActivistThis is about the murder of activist Chico Mendes. A man who devoted his life to protect the rain forest of the . Before going into the murder case the author gives you history and background to understand the circumstances of the murder.


    4. Revkin's examination of Chico Mendes is far more than the story of his murder, or even his legacy on the workers in the rain forests. By taking a broadview look at Mendes' life and work, Revkin also tells the story of a debt slavery system and its slow undermining, and how the story of the rubber tappers and workers in the began as a human rights story which only later became a question of environmental or global concern. Chico Mendes began his fight out of his love for the people in the rain [...]


    5. The story of Chico Mendes has probably one of the most inspiring and positive morals I've come across: by sticking to non-violence and finding common cause even with historically opposing interests, his goal of creating an official mechanism for sustaining the rubber tappers' lifestyle was more or less achieved. Of course, he was assassinated before it was fully carried out. But despite the positivity in the story, Revkin maintains a neutral tone throughout this book that sucks a lot of the dram [...]


    6. Very well written book that took on the challenge of trying to convey in writing on how valuable the Forest is to humanity and it did a FANTASTIC job.The book also talks about how huge the destruction of the forest was in the 1980s and how the local population (notably the Rubber Tappers) organized to reduce the destruction of their home: the Forest.The book focuses on the life and struggle of Chico Mendes, a rubber tapper leader who organized a series of well orchestrated non-violent sit-ins [...]


    7. Revkin, one of the best science journalists in the world, produced an incredible book. More than a mere biography of an interesting character like Chico Mendes, the book is a very thorough, well-reported and well-written exploration of why the matters, on the links between conservation and society and a wonderful explanation of the effect of climate change in such a sensitive and rich ecosystem and region (written at a time when climate change wasn't even an issue of public discussion).


    8. I'd initially wanted to read this book because Blake spent so much time in the translating for another rancher murder case. The topic is really interesting, but this book is SO boring. After letting it gather dust on the shelf for over a year since starting it, I finally finished it. It's unfortunate that such an interesting and compelling story can be made so boring.


    9. Timely. Interesting to read while the government of Brazil implements a new law which allows farmers/ranchers to deforest more of their land.


    10. Andrew Revkin, lead environmental writer for the NEW YORK TIMES (and friend), tells the tragic story of Chico Mendes, who organized rubber-tappers in the and was murdered for it.



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