A Sustainable Future for the Amazon?

sharkposter-230x349This month’s Conscientious Projector selection, Shark Loves the Amazon, takes us to the Amazon for a look at what it will take to protect the world’s largest but endangered rainforest and support the millions of people who now live there.  The film will show on Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. 

Many still think of the Amazon as a land populated primarily by indigenous people surrounded by exotic flora and fauna, but that’s no longer a fully accurate picture. More than twenty million Brazilians have migrated there in recent decades and are themselves struggling to survive amidst modern challenges presented by deforestation, the free market economy, climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Author Mark London (The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization, written with journalist Brian Kelly) offers an updated analysis and a vision for a sustainable future for the region. NOTE: The “Shark” mentioned in the title refers to Mark, who is also an attorney.

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.