Environmentalism: Into The Woods

Once dominated by fringe activists, environmentalism is now an essential element of political reform--especially in the developing world, where the destruction of nature threatens to widen the gap bet

Three days before Christmas 1988, Brazil was stunned by the news that Chico Mendes, a humble rubber tapper who had become the country's most famous crusader for the protection of the Amazon rain forest, had been murdered by furious Brazilian landowners. Martyrdom can help fulfill a life's mission, and that was true for Mendes: his death electrified a generation of young Brazilians, who found both magic and meaning in his seductive brand of environmentalism.

Sylvia Mitraud, a Sao Paulo university student,was among those seduced. The daughter of a Brazilian economic-planning-ministry bureaucrat, she had been brought up to care more about her...

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