Shark Loves the Amazon
offers a fresh perspective on what it will
take to protect the Amazon rainforest and support the millions of
people who now live there.
Many still think of the Amazon as a
land populated primarily by indigenous people surrounded by exotic flora
and fauna, all threatened by mining and farming. But that’s no longer a
fully accurate picture, since more than twenty million Brazilians
migrated to the region over the last few decades and are themselves
struggling to survive and prosper.
Author and attorney Mark
London, offers an updated analysis and approach in this documentary,
based on his book The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of
Globalization (Random House), written with journalist Brian Kelly.
London developed a lifelong passion for the Amazon during his first
visit 30 years ago, and has traveled extensively in the region in recent
years. The film depicts the hard, contemporary realities of a region
seeking a sustainable model of development that can provide both for its
millions of inhabitants and preserve the Earth’s last great forest,
with its unparalleled biodiversity and global importance.
levels of deforestation rapidly approach the point of no return, London
poses a provocative alternative to the simple mantra, “leave the forest
untouched.” One promising model the film profiles is the Juma
Sustainable Development Reserve, which incentivizes people who live in
the region to protect the forests.
Shark Loves the Amazon begins
with substantial historical context, tracing in detail the forces that
transformed the Amazon since the 1960’s, when it was a largely
unexplored and untouched region, unlike today.
TITLE NOTE: “Shark” refers to the fact Mark London is a lawyer.FEATURED IN THE FILM
- Thomas Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair, Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
Dr. Philip Fearnside, National Institute for Research of the Amazon
Charles Mann, Author, 1491 and 1493
Eduardo Braga, Senator & Former Governor of the State of Amazonas, Brazil
Virgilio Viana, CEO, Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS)
Raquel Lunas, Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS)
For more information on the Juma Sustainable Development Reserve click here.