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"Chico" Mendes’s Tyrannulet (... and documentaries)

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Old Sunday 10th December 2017, 07:58   #1
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"Chico" Mendes’s Tyrannulet (... and documentaries)

Nothing major additional, only tiny details on:

chicomendesi as in:
• Chico’s Tyrannulet Zimmerius chicomendesi WHITNEY, et al. 2013 (here):
Francisco “Chico” Alves Mendes Filho (1944-1988) was a man wise beyond the borders of his time and space. He learned to use the Amazon rainforest by living in it and understood the fundamental importance of preservation of natural resources as well as the dire socio-economic consequences of their destruction – and Chico Mendes, through perseverance and, we can only guess (and admire), excellent “politicing,” was able to make that knowledge count in the international arena. We have no doubt that Mendes and his message, during the last few years of his short life, did more to educate such agencies as the Interamerican Development Bank to more wisely distribute funding toward sustainable uses in Amazonia than has any other individual. If Mendes were alive today, we cannot help but imagine that Brazil would be far ahead of where it is in the development of a truly sustainable Amazonia in reasonable harmony with indigenous peoples and colonists. In bringing this obscure little bird to the light of science, we call up the spirit of Chico Mendes to help us all get it right
= the Brazilian environmentalist, rubber tapping worker and trade union leader Francisco "Chico" Alves Mendes (1944–1988) a k a Francisco Alves Mendes Filho* alt. Francisco Alves Mendes Filho Cena** as well as (for example); "The Ghandi of the Amazon (there are a lot, and I mean a lot, of Praise for this goodhearted man after his tragic End) ...

Born 15 December 1944, in Xapuri, Acre, Brasil, Son of Francisco Alves Mendes and Maria Rita Mendes .. died [murdered(!) by the Brazilian rancher Darci Alves Da Silva], in the same place, 22 december 1988 – at the age of 44.

There are at least two Documentaries made of his Life and environmental struggle; "Chico Mendes: Voice of the Amazon" (1989) and "Rubber Jungle" (1994). See them; here resp. here.

And; enjoy!


* "Filho" (Son) is here, as I read it, the equivalent to "Junior".
**as of, in that Portuguese/Spanish tradition, to (sometime) incl. the Mother's Maiden name.
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Old Sunday 12th August 2018, 11:05   #2
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Short return, nothing new, only some additional reading about "Chico" Mendes ...for anyone interested:

THE BURNING SEASON: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest, by Andrew Revkin, 1990 (317 pp.). Houghton Mifflin Company.

THE WORLD IS BURNING: Murder in the Rain Forest, by Alex Shoumatoff, 1990 (377 pp.). Little, Brown & Company.


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