A new ultra-right president in Brazil has just declared war on the Amazon rainforest. However, the ultra-conservative wave that is sweeping across the country has only strengthened the activists that risk their lives to protect the environment. With the support of the Rainforest Journalism Fund of the Pulitzer Center, the photo journalist Pablo Albarenga and the Brazilian NGO Engajamundo, we present five inspiring stories: these are the voices that are not afraid to defend their territory, even when Brazil's most powerful pose a serious threat to their safety. Español Português


Ednei, community leader and environmental activist

A group of indigenous activists recently incorporated Ednei into their group, a young member of the Arapiun tribe from Cachoeira do Maró, who has also been recently elected as the coordinator for the Indigenous Council Tapajós Arapiuns (CITA), that represents 45 villages and 13 different indigenous groups that belong to the Lower Tapajós. Read more here


Dani, environmental and LGBT+ activist

It's in the community of Prainha 2 where we find Dani, a brave young activist who has undergone an intense exercise to consolidate her identity. An exercise that led her to recognising her homosexual identity, which she had hidden for some time from her family, the community and also the church. Read more here


Drica, community leader and teacher

The quilombos in the Amazon region are made up of various communities, and Drica, who studied in Manaos but later returned to Trombetas to become a teacher in the local school, has been recently chosen to represent the association of her territory, which is made up of six different communities. Read more here


Joane, environmental activist

Since she was a child, Joane enjoyed playing with plastic waste. "She made jewelry, items for the bathroom, and small plant pots for the garden" recalls her mother as she guts a fish. Now, thanks to the sense of environmental consciousness she has gained, Joane is intervening in her community. Read more here


Tupi, indigenous activist

Tupi found strength in her indigenous identity and her femininity. This helped her, alongside other women, in their fight to recognize violence against women in their communities such as abuse and rape. These women are exceptional activists in their communities due to the movement they have formed and the spaces they have created that allow women to feel free and at ease. Read more here

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