Champion of the Forest gunned down in the Amazon – Jose Claudio Rebeiro a/ka Ze

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money-
Cree Indian proverb.

Our culture of “more please”  is out of syn with mother nature and it is killing us and killing good people. People like Ze Claudio Rebeiro who stood up for the trees on his  reserve paid the price for his advocacy with his life. He and his wife were gunned down by poachers or illegal loggers for a shilling. How sad.  The killer and the people who buy from these illegal loggers are equally to be blamed for this crime and I hope they are brought to justice.  As Oprah said in her final speech, she has come to see the truth in Newton’s Third Law of  Motion which states that “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”.

Ze loved the forest, so much he used to call the trees his brothers and sisters. He was sickened, he told friends, when 80% of the native forest near his reserve was cut down to 20% in recent years as illegal loggers moved in. Lots of people here feel this way. But few dare do what Ze did. He took pictures on an old digital camera. He filed reports at police stations. He named names.

Read the sad but telling story of a brave man


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