Video: The Amazon approaches its moment of truth

by James Turner

May 24, 2012

The Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior sails through the Amazonas river. The new protest vessel, in Brazil for the first time, will pass through the Amazon and down the Brazilian coast, to support campaigns for a zero deforestation law. The new flagship Rainbow Warrior kicks off an expedition from the heart of the Amazon down the coast of Brazil to Rio de Janeiro. The ship sets sail just three months before the global spotlight is cast on President Dilma as she hosts the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.

© Rodrigo Baléia / Greenpeace

Ive written a few blogs since Ive been on the Rainbow Warrior, but my time in Brazil has given me enough material for thousands more. I worked as a journalist before Greenpeace and that is how I have approached this trip, trying to tell you the stories that happen every day in this magical country and do some justice to the people who live in it. Today I produced a more personal account of my work as well as my impressions of this truly unique place. I wanted to do this because on Friday the President of Brazil will make a decision that could affect this amazing rainforest for decades to come. I believe that the people I have met here want the world to know what is at stake, so I tried to explain how the past few weeks have affected me. [caption id="attachment_4569" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Rainbow Warrior sails through the Amazonas river."][/caption] As Ive learned, changes to Brazils forest code could be one of the worst things to have happened to the Amazon for years. I also know that the concept of zero deforestation is tantalizingly close to becoming a reality. I hope you enjoy the film, but more importantly I ask you take action with us. Together we can do it. Together we can all save the Amazon.

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