In Brazil, agriculture accounts for one-quarter of the gross domestic product. In 2014, the country sank into a deep recession. Loggers and ranchers subsequently moved into the Amazon, for centuries a reliable source of rubber trees, minerals and fertile soil. The consequences: in 2019, Brazil lost as much rainforest as it had over the previous ten years. The new President, Jair Bolsonaro, nevertheless supports industrial use and relaxed environmental laws to this purpose. Slash-and-burn clearing in the dry season, which led to horrific forest fires, was followed by a diplomatic fiasco. Politicians, celebrities and the population protested; France threatened an embargo; Norway and Germany cancelled their financial aid to protect the rainforest. After protracted hesitation, Bolsonaro took military action against slash-and-burn clearing and imposed by decree a 60-day prohibition of this practice. Photographer Victor Moriyama has documented this sad chapter in the history of the Amazon rainforest.
- The Environment
*1984 in Brazil
Victor Moriyama works as a photographer for international media and NGOs. His main topics are public security, state violence, indigenous societies and environmental conflicts. He is currently documenting the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and the conflicts associated with it. In 2019, he started his documentary project @historiasamazonicas. His works are regularly published in Libération, Le Monde, The New York Times, National Geographic and El País.