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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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Youth See Their Future in the Balance

Posted on 06 December 2009 by editor

By Stephen Leahy

 

Youth delegates visited schools to talk about climate change issues. Credit: Children's Climate Forum

Youth delegates visited schools to talk about climate change issues. Credit: Children's Climate ForumBy Stephen Leahy

COPENHAGEN, (IPS/TerraViva) Young people from 44 countries are demanding that world leaders take decisive action on climate change. The time for talk is over, they declared at the end of a weeklong Children’s Climate Forum here.

“Our plates are empty due to drought. Our future is at risk, and we demand that something be done,” they wrote in a declaration titled “Our World, Our Future” signed by 164 participants aged 14 to 17 at the conclusion of the forum.

“I don’t want my future compromised by inaction on climate,” said Bipra Biswambhara, 16, of India.

Biswambhara and many of her fellow delegates were “shocked to learn how many people and parts of the world are already affected by climate change”, she told TerraViva. “We youth are committed to taking action in our home communities,” she said. Continue Reading

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