About the Conference

The Chico Vive conference will bring together grassroots activists, NGOs, students, engaged scholars, applied scientists, policymakers, journalists and others to discuss the development of the global grassroots environmental movement in the 25 years since environmental martyr Chico Mendes' death. The conference will take place April 4-6, 2014, at American University's School of International Service in Washington, D.C. Participants will plan strategies for coordinated international actions, networks, coalitions and initiatives to advance sustainability, defend the environment from depredation and climate change, and protect the rights of its traditional inhabitants.

The conference will begin on Friday afternoon, April 4, with a panel discussion of Chico Mendes' story.  Marina Silva, former rubber tapper, associate of Chico Mendes, and environment minister of Brazil, will deliver the keynote address. A cultural performance will follow in the evening. On Saturday, April 5, grassroots activists from around the world will present their testimonies. Panels in the morning and afternoon will discuss the development of the global grassroots environmental movement since 1988. These panels will feature both grassroots activists and experts on land struggles, indigenous self-determination, human rights, and environmental conservation. Prof. John Knox, the United Nations Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, will deliver a keynote address at lunch on Saturday. On Saturday evening another cultural event will take place. On Sunday, April 6, strategies workshops will take place in the morning. The conference will conclude with a mini film festival on Sunday afternoon.

A documentary photographic exhibition will be displayed at the conference venue from Friday to Sunday.