Hearing the Cries of the Amazon | Sunday, April 26, 4 PM EDT
Organized by: Global Catholic Climate Movement, GCCM, Christian Life Community, CLC, Metro NY Catholic Climate Movement, MNYCCM, and St. Francis Xavier Church in NYC
This webinar will look at the impact of the on-going destruction of the rainforest on indigenous communities and on the region’s biodiversity as well as the advocacy of the church and human rights defenders and their call for solidarity. The webinar will feature:
Mauricio López Oropeza, Executive Director of REPAM, the Catholic Church network that promotes the rights and dignity of people living in the Amazon. Mauricio has an intimate knowledge of the Amazon region, and travels frequently to different communities in the region. He played a key role in the preparation document for the Catholic Church’s Synod on the Amazon in 2019. He served as President of the World Executive Council of Christian Life Community 2013-2018.
Dr. Maria Luisa Mendonça, currently a researcher at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is founder and co-director of the Brazilian human rights organization, Network for Social Justice and Human Rights, and editor of the annual report “Human Rights in Brazil.” Maria Luisa holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of São Paulo/Brazil (USP). Her research includes history and political economy of agriculture, food, land and water systems, and rural social movements in Brazil.