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Women who defend the environment

17:27, 03.08.2012



In this Thursday, March 8th, we celebrate the history of women’s struggles for equal rights and a dignified life. But we want to take the time to remember that many women are also present in another fight: the defense of the environment.

We have selected some women who make a difference when it comes to the environment. Are women who work with amazing projects, like Monica Picavêa (pictured above), which led sustainability slums, women who shared a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on IPCC as Thelma Krug and Suzana Kahn Ribeiro, among others.

Of course, when we make a list, committed many injustices – how many women are not represented here! If you think we missed honor someone, leave your comments below.

Maria Tereza Jorge Padua

The agronomist Maria Tereza Padua is one of the biggest names when it comes to the environment in Brazil. She founded the NGO Funatura, one of the first environmental NGO in the country, even in the period of transition from dictatorship to democracy in Brazil. Served in IBDF, the institute who cared environmental policy before the creation of the Ministry of Environment, and was president of IBAMA. Under his management, Brazil has created a large number of protected areas. Currently serves on the Board of the Foundation Apothecary Nature Protection and National Parks World Commission of IUCN. And besides all this, Maria Tereza is still a flower: the orchid Laelia purpurata Maria Tereza was named in his honor.

“In general, in most developed countries, where they have more education, are fulfilled more environmental standards”
Maria Tereza Padua, in a statement to the entry of TIME.

Marina Silva

From humble beginnings, Marina only became literate at 16. He began his career in environmental protection still in Acre, alongside Chico Mendes, fighting for the defense of sustainable development when few knew what it meant. In his political career, was councilor, federal deputy, senator and Minister of the Environment between 2003 and 2008, and placed the environmental issue in the national discussion when he ran the presidency in 2010. Marina is also recognized abroad – in 2008, was considered by britâncio newspaper The Guardian as one of 50 people who could save the world.

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Suzana Kahn Ribeiro

By 2007, Brazil had a dubious role in international fora on climate change, and refused to be target of reducing emissions. That changed, and today the country has an important role in the negotiations for a climate agreement. The largely responsible for putting Brazil in this track is Suzana Kahn Ribeiro. She worked at the head of the Department of Climate Change, the Environment Ministry, and was able to negotiate with other government sectors to create a plan of voluntary targets for reducing emissions Brazilian 2020. In 2010, Susan was named by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people of Brazil, but the main prize came in 2007: it is one of the Brazilian part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the body which won the Nobel Peace Prize .

“If Brazil today is a world leader on climate issues, this position has a lot to do with the work of Suzana”
Carlos Nobre, in a statement to TIME.

Monica Picavêa

The Paraná Picavêa Monica was seeking to improve the environment in a place that few people care about: not only in urban areas, but in one of the poorest neighborhoods of São Paulo. Monica implemented the project Transition Towns (or Transition Towns), created by Englishman Rob Hopkins in Brasilândia. The Transitions Towns is present in over 30 countries, in no more was implemented in a poor neighborhood. The project’s goal is to transform cities into sustainable urban environments. The results are positive: the wastelands before now home to community gardens, the river sources are being revitalized, and women organize themselves into cooperatives sewing and confectionery to generate income.

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Thelma Krug

Another Brazilian woman who is part of the IPCC, and was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, Thelma Krug deserves for his work on climate change. Thelma worked at INPE, an institute that is a benchmark in monitoring deforestation in the Amazon by satellite, and the Ministry of Environment, was Secretary of Climate Change and Environmental Quality, where he created the Brazilian guidelines that would result in the National Plan on Climate Change.

“Thelma Krug raised to a new level participation in national and international debates on climate change”
Gylvan Luiz Meira Filho, in the statement SEASON.

Marcia Hirota

The Atlantic Forest is one of the most destroyed biomes of Brazil, and today there is only just over 10% of this biome. But if this small patch of forest still exists, this is due to the work of SOS Mata Atlântica Foundation and its coordinator, Marcia Hirota. Marcia is the director of SOS Atlantic Forest, one of the most respected NGOs in the area. His work alerts us to the danger of losing what little remains of this biome. Besides, she also coordinates the Remaining Atlas Atlantic Forest, in partnership with the INPE. A fundamental work, which shows how the biome has already been deforested, maps the remaining forest areas, and is the basis for any policy of preserving the biome.

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Forget someone?

Yes, we know that lack many important names of women as Bia Hetzel, photographer and environmentalist who became your photos of whales and dolphins in children’s books, or Vania Moreira, a groundbreaking work in the areas of preservation faxinais, Paraná, besides Malu Nunes, Foundation Apothecary, Brenda Brito, Imazon, and many others! This list far from exhausts all the names of women who defend the environment. If you think we missed honor someone on this list, leave your comments below.

PS: Still time to remember more names of important women in the struggle for the environment? Maria Ciça Wey de Brito, WWF-Brazil, Adriana Ramos, the Socio-Environmental Institute, Monica Fonseca, Conservation International, Suzana Padua, Institute IPÊ Leandra Goncalves of Greenpeace, Miriam Prochnow of Apremavi, Dorothy Melo, the Association for Protection the Northeast Atlantic, and many more!

(Bruno Calixto

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