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Since her girlhood as a poor rubber-tapper’s daughter in Amazonia, Marina Silva has understood that bulldozing the rainforest for development hurts not only the indigenous peoples living there, but destroys natural resources needed by Brazil and the whole world.
Overcoming extreme prejudice, Marina attended university. She joined the reform party of Chico Mendes and demonstrated against deforestation. Elected to Brazil’s Senate, the "miracle of Acre" successfully legislated rainforest preservation, defending her people against poverty and protecting their way of life.
Marina’s work has generated worldwide recognition, including the Goldman Environmental Prize. This first-ever biography of the courageous leader introduces children to another inspiring woman role model.
Ziporah Hildebrant is author of numerous books for children.
|Foreword: What Does It Take to Change the World?||7|
|1.||Girl from the Rainforest||13|
|2.||Lessons from the Trees||18|
|3.||Out of Debt Slavery||33|
|4.||The Amazon Is Burning||49|
|5.||"A Strong Notion of Justice"||57|
|6.||"First the Dream, Then the Fight"||68|
|7.||Carrying the Dream to the Government||82|
|8.||"To the Future, That's Where I'll Go"||94|