Conference: How Can We Help to Save the Rainforest?
This conference has already happened but you can register now to contribute to Dom and Bruno's fundraiser for the indigenous defenders of the rainforest and to get news of recordings and recommended readings/links
How can we help to save the rainforest? - Lancaster and the Amazon, sharing perspectives
Como podemos ajudar a salvar a floresta: Lancaster e a Amazônia, compartilhando perspectivas.
em português e inglês, em Lancaster e em Zoom
A two-day international conference in Lancaster city centre AND ONLINE, showcasing the work of researchers, activists, film makers, journalists, and campaigning organisations involved in investigating what is happening in the Amazon and offering just solutions to the environmental crisis there. With a keynote speech from indigenous leader Nelly Profumo. FREE and open for everyone interested in these issues.
The weekend of 19/20 November, in person at The Storey in the heart of Lancaster city centre, and on zoom.
The conference is organised by Lancaster University Environment Centre in partnership with Lancaster City Council and Halton Mill, the low carbon coworking and event space. It is being held at The Storey, on Meeting House Lane in Lancaster city centre five minutes from the railway station - and on Zoom. It is part of a month of activities being organised by Halton Mill to honour the lives of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, murdered in Amazonia in June 2022 while researching for a book Dom was writing about sustainable ways to protect the rainforest and its people. The conference is free: we invite voluntary contributions to help with our costs, and also contributions to the fund set up by the families of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira to support UNIVAJA, the Indigenous Defenders of the Rainforest in the Javari Valley.
Keynote speaker (Sunday) Dr Nelly Marubo (joining us by Zoom from Manaus). 'A importancia da preservacao da floresta na perspectiva do povo Marubo': 'The importance of preserving the forest: the perspective of the Marubo people' (in Portuguese with English interpretation).
Nelly is a Marubo activist from the Javari region on the border between Peru and Brazil, the region where Dom and Bruno were working when they were murdered. She worked with Bruno in FUNAI, Brazil's National Indian Foundation, and has a PhD in Anthropology from the Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro.
Other speakers include:
(Saturday) From the Lancaster Environment Centre
Dr Leonardo De Sousa Miranda, Explaining the Amazon Tipping Point - and why we should care.
Dr James Fraser, Retaking Indigenous lands in Amazonia: The Sataré-Mawé struggle to reclaim ancestral territory on the River Mariaquá
Dr Mariana Fonseca Braga, “Community resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond”.
Dr Juliana M. Silveira 'the importance of the Amazon for the people who live there and for the world - & how Bolsonaro's government has destryed forest conservation'
Dr Luciana Mendes Barbosa (Panel chair)
plus Lancaster based Colombian activist and campaigner Victoria Frausin Saving the Amazon for whom? The case of the Mineracao Rio Norte Bauxite mine in Oriximiná, Brazil
Sarah Shenker, Survival International : Tribal Voice and the global campaign to stop Brazil’s genocide of indigenous people
Hannah Peck, Cool Earth: Cash versus the climate crisis – a radical rethink
Annette Marti, Greenpeace: what can WE do to help save the Amazon.
Round table on 'Reporting on the Amazon after Dom & Bruno's deaths, with Jonathan Watts, Global Environment Editor, The Guardian and founder of Sumaúma, a new environmental platform that aims to place the rainforest at the center of global reporting; Tom Phillips, Latin America correspondent, The Guardian, and award winning journalist Kátia Brasil, co-founder and executive editor of the independent and investigative journalism agency Amazônia Real,
Meeting House Lane , Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1TH
AND ON ZOOM
Temos interpretação português/inglês para todas as sessões, exceto no domingo de manhã
There will be Portuguese/English interpreting for all sessions except Sunday morning.
There will be time built into the programme for participants to meet informally with the speakers and with each other (both in the venue and in breakout rooms on Zoom), to share thoughts, feelings and reactions and to plan next steps - and to find out about campaigning organisations working in the area.
We encourage people planning to join by Zoom to bring a friend, come in a small group, or organise a 'satellite group' within your community or academic institution, in order to hold your own discussions in between the speaker sessions. There's a special price for 'satellite' groups meeting together at your community centre or academic institution which includes a printable high-resolution PDF version of the 'For Dom, Bruno & the Amazon' exhibition. This specially curated exhibition has been put together by academics, journalists, activists and campaigning organisations to honour Dom and Bruno and others who have lost their lives to this cause. It demonstrates aspects of the destruction of the rain forest, but also point to hopeful solutions, and offers next steps and ways to get involved and support positive change. It consists of 14 illustrated panels.
When you book at this link, we'll send you the full programme and the zoom link (if required) and will keep you up to date with changes and additions to the programme. Please also see our project web page www.haltonmill.org.uk/DomBruno to find out what else is happening in and around Lancaster during November and get involved.
(nb this conference has moved from the Environment Centre at Lancaster University)
and Sunday 20 November, 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.