Years after the murder of rubber tapper, union leader, and environmentalist Chico Mendes, his fight to protect the Amazon rain forest stands as one of the most important and inspirational stories of the environmental movement. The panel featured a leading journalist and two environmentalists well acquainted with Mendes and his work, to explore his contributions to, and the linkages between, environmental and human rights protection.
Andrew Revkin, New York Times environmental reporter and author of The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest.
Stephan Schwartzman, co-director of Environment Defense’s International Program, who worked with Chico Mendes.
Larry Cox, senior program officer at the Ford Foundation’s Human Rights Unit.