May 2, 2022

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In recognition of Earth Day 2022, NYU Washington, DC, NYU Buenos Aires, and the Amazon Aid Foundation hosted a discussion of the Amazon Rainforest and the impact law and policy around minerals and gold mining have on protecting the global environment. Fast approaching a tipping point, beyond which the rainforest will lose the ability to sustain itself, this discussion will focus on action that must be taken to save the rainforest before it is too late.

María Valeria Berros, Doctor of Law and Professor at the National University of Littoral and Adjoint Researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research in Santa Fe City, Argentina, Charlie Espinosa, Research and Writing Specialist at the Amazon Aid Foundation, and Benjamin Vauter, Amazon Aid Advisor; International Environmental Protection Specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) Office of Global Affairs and Policy (OGAP) were in this dialogue moderated by Salo Coslovsky, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Service at NYU Wagner. NYU Abu Dhabi Junior Erica Wu provided opening remarks to the program. 

Narrated by Academy Award–winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, this documentary by the Amazon Aid Foundation is the disturbing account of the destruction of Peru’s Amazon rainforest caused by illegally mined gold. Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists, led by Peruvian scientist and activist Enrique Ortiz, bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction of this critical region and its transformation into a wasteland. This documentary reaffirms the right of the rainforest to exist as a repository of priceless biodiversity and not as the toxic remains of humanity’s greed for gold.

*Registered guests gained access to a private screening of the award-winning documentary film, River of Gold, to view online prior to the live webinar Q&A. 

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María Valeria Berros

María Valeria Berros

Charlie Espinosa

Charlie Espinosa

Salo Coslovsky

Salo Coslovsky

Benjamin Vauter

Benjamin Vauter

Erica Wu

Erica Wu