As a result of strong union activism, in partnership with indigenous communities, the Brazilian government has recently halted a massive development project in the Brazilian wetlands that threatened workers and indigenous communities that are dependent on the river. Given this significant victory, we’re revisiting a podcast from 2022 when we first talked to activist and union leader Carmen Foro, who became a part of the newly elected Brazilian government not long after our interview.
A community that makes its livelihood from the Amazon is standing up to the Brazilian government that, without consulting with the people most affected, is on the verge of undertaking a blasting and dredging project along a river waterway that would destroy their livelihoods. Carmen Foro, a rural activist and a Brazilian union leader on the frontlines of the struggle, describes a community’s fight for survival.
Find Out More:
- Episode summary
- Central Union of Workers in Brazil (CUT)
- Amazon Community Facebook page
- Labor Leaders, Activists: Women Workers Critical in Driving Inclusive Climate Solutions
- International leaders debate the impacts of the Araguaia-Tocantis waterway, in Pará
- ILO Convention 169, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples
- Summit for Democracy: Workers’ Organizations’ Vital Role