Amazon Rainforest loses a couragous friend to murderous illegal loggers

October 14, 2014

You may have read a few weeks ago in the news about the execution of four Peruvians in their community in the Amazon Rainforest by illegal loggers.  Among them was the prominent organizer and activist Edwin Chota, who had been petitioning the Peruvian government for over a decade to grant his indigenous community title over their homeland.  It's a very sad story, in my opinion. 

Here is an editorial by the New York Times' Andrew Revkin about an essay published in a Sao Paulo newspaper authored by BDFFP Founder Dr. Thomas Lovejoy and former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit.  They call on the Peruvian government to follow in the footsteps of the Brazilian government following the murder of Chico Mendes in 1988 by enacting conservation and protection reforms and enforcement.

You can read Mr. Revkin's story here:
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/10/can-peru-control-the-murderous-resource-rush-on-its-forest-frontiers/

 

Photo of Edwin Chota in 2013 by Tomas Munita for The New York Times

 

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