Brazil ended its participation in the COP 27 (27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) with the urgency to stop deforestation in order to comply with the global commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the increase in the planet’s average temperature. The good news is that there are plenty of proposed solutions – the challenge now is to coordinate actions to implement them.
Aiming to democratize information about possible solutions in the Amazon and find ways to create collective mobilization for them, Amazoniar will connect youth with experts from the IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute) in the fifth cycle of the project, which will be launched in December this year. To do this, the team talked to young people from Brazil and other countries to understand their perceptions about the impacts of deforestation; and with experts from the institute about what can be done to protect the forest.
The conversations will bring information in video about four proposals:
1. Designation of protected areas – to be published on 01/05
2. Policies for conservation in private areas – to be published on 01/19
3. Increase of agricultural and livestock productivity – to be published on 03/02
4. Command and control – to be published on 02/16
“In the previous cycles of Amazoniar, we learned how connected youth are to the Amazon. More than seeing big changes towards a sustainable future, young people want to be part of this change, in an inclusive and collective effort. With this in mind, to continue taking the Amazon beyond its borders, we went to the streets of different cities to talk about the main problem of the forest: deforestation,” said Lucas Ramos, coordinator of Amazoniar.
“We found interested people with lucid suggestions, whether in cities within the Amazon region or far away on the other side of the ocean. In this new cycle, Amazoniar proposed to mediate dialogues between these diverse voices and the knowledge of IPAM scientists on how we will solve this problem of great proportions with everyone’s participation,” he explained.
Amazoniar is an initiative of IPAM to promote a global dialogue about Amazon and its importance for Brazil’s relationships with the world. In the previous cycles, dialogues addressed the commercial relations between Brazil and Europe; the role of indigenous peoples in the region’s sustainable development and their contribution to science and culture; and youth engagement for the forest and its peoples in the 2022 Brazilian elections.
With the proposal of taking the Amazon beyond its borders, Amazoniar has already carried out special projects, such as a photography contest, whose selected photos were exhibited in the streets of Glasgow, in Scotland, during the COP26; a series of short films that composed the exhibition “Fruturos – Amazônia do Amanhã”, at the Museum of Tomorrow, in Rio de Janeiro; as well as a publication with key information to better understand the current Amazon context and some of the possible solutions for its sustainable development.
*Journalist and communications consultant at IPAM