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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Elsa Maestra, Dec. 7, 2011

Rainforest robot named “Chico Mendes” (in honor of slain Brazilian environmentalist) helps protect rainforests by patrolling the ecosystem and monitoring it. Why have I not heard of this before? Only thing that made me wonder is the fact that it’s backed by Brazilian energy firm Petrobras. So I dug deeper and found that the robot was actually designed to inspect the gas pipeline for leaks, etc. Well, I guess if it’s doing both things, that’s not bad. After all, a gas leak in the amazon would not be a good thing. Whether a gas pipeline should be running through the Amazon in the first place is an altogether different question

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-software/brazilian_amazon_monitoring_robot
Elsa Maestra
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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Marco Masoni, Oct. 1, 2011

An inspirational reforestation project in Guatemala is named after Chico Mendes, a Brazilian environmentalist and human rights activist who was assassinated by a rancher on December 22, 1988. The video tells the story behind this project. Worth watching!

http://vimeo.com/22264471
Marco Masoni
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Oct. 1, 2011
    Que viva Chico!
  • Henry Hamilton Henry Hamilton Oct. 2, 2011
    Francisco Alves Mendes Filho, better known as Chico Mendes (December 15, 1944 – December 22, 1988), was a Brazilian rubber tapper, trade union leader and environmentalist. He fought to preserve the Amazon rainforest and advocated for the human rights of Brazilian peasants and indigenous peoples. He was assassinated by a rancher on December 22, 1988.

    At age 9, Chico began work as a rubber tapper. Schools were generally prohibited on the rubber plantations. The owners didn't want the workers being able to read and do arithmetic, because they would then be likely to discover that they were being exploited. Mendes did not learn to read until he was approximately 20 years old.

    Mendes believed that relying on rubber tapping alone was not sustainable and that the seringueiros needed to develop more holistic, cooperative systems that utilized a variety of forest products such as nuts, fruit, oil, and fibers; and that they needed to focus on building strong communities with quality education for their children. [Wikipedia.org]

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