Portraits: Brazilian Girl Teaches Danish Children about the Amazon

Posted on 10 December 2009 by editor

María Colares came from Brazil to teach Danish children about the Amazon. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

María Colares came from Brazil to teach Danish children about the Amazon. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

Eleven-year-old María Colares and her mother travelled from the northern Brazilian city of Espíritu Santo to Copenhagen to teach Danish children about the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, located mostly in Brazil, as well as in seven other countries in South America.

“I came here to give talks in schools about how to take care of the Amazon,” María told TerraViva at Klimaforum, the main civil society meeting parallel to COP 15.

“Danish children are really nice and very interested. They ask me what Brazil is like, and what the Amazon is like,” said Colares, who with her mother founded the organisation Keep Amazon Alive a month ago, in conjunction with Denmark’s Casa Latinoamericana (Latin American House).

“The Amazon is the lungs of the world. If we destroy the Amazon we won’t have any more fruit, just deserts,” said the girl, who suggested European schoolchildren take a trip to Brazil to see with their own eyes how the Amazon is being deforested by logging and burning.

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