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Law and Policy in Brazil: Protecting the Rainforest and Enhancing Communities
Unformatted Document Text:  she emphasizes the importance of the organization’s ability to take direct action whenever needed 191 . In the Amazônia case, a direct action can take many different shapes and forms. Groups can organize and pressure the federal government by organizing nonviolent protests by the city of Brasilia, where many federal legislators work, or in the state capitols of a certain state within the Amazônia Legal region. Sen also speaks of the organization’s ability to connect with the media, and how difficult it may be, due to financial constrains, to raise awareness on the issues that the organization is tackling 192 . The goal, however, can be attained by the traditional means of organizers directly addressing the people 193 . Paying attention while instilled with sense of action is quintessential for the development of organizations, says Sen 194 . By paying attention, a group is able to make sound judgments about what is important and relevant to their work 195 . She also acknowledges that action is a necessary risk that gives life to the vision attained from the process of paying attention 196 . Given the need for engagement of large numbers of people in order to achieve substantial shift in policies, it is important for NGOs to engage civil societies in this process. Creating concise alliances – much like the Rondônia network, can yield favorable results, and there’s a need for many more of such networks. These actions should not be directed toward mobilizing only Brazilian civil society. Civil societies in the EU, and in other countries that import Brazil’s non-environmental friendly product, play a very important role in the solution of the dilemma. To the same extent that civil societies in the EU contribute to deforestation and subsequently, violation of human rights, they can also play a key role for the solution of this dilemma. One example is the Council strategy of 11 March 2002 at the European Council in Barcelona on environmental integration in the external policies of the General Affairs Council ACT 197 . The ACT’s summary, available in the EU’s website, states that “trade negotiations and relations must also take account of environmental. 198 ” In addition, the calls for corporate responsibility and vows to systematically integrate “systematically integrating environmental considerations into the international institutions' activities.” 199 Clearly, the EU has laws that take in consideration the environment. Summary. This sense of interconnectedness and that people in distant places care about similar issues is very empowering. It can boost the participation of civil society in protecting the rights of the people and the environment. It is important to understand that this is not the only example of collaboration. Ideally, collaborations must continue to exist and address a wide range of global issues that need solutions in a timely fashion. This dream is possible and at this very moment there are people that are working toward making it a reality. More people need to engage in the process. It is by one person at a time, joining the cause, that we can live in a better world, not only for the people in the Amazônia and the environment, but for the people that are struggling with hunger, access to basic 25

Authors: da Fonseca, Joao. and Vogel, Karen.
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she emphasizes the importance of the organization’s ability to take direct action
whenever needed
. In the Amazônia case, a direct action can take many different
shapes and forms. Groups can organize and pressure the federal government by
organizing nonviolent protests by the city of Brasilia, where many federal
legislators work, or in the state capitols of a certain state within the Amazônia
Legal region.
Sen also speaks of the organization’s ability to connect with the media,
and how difficult it may be, due to financial constrains, to raise awareness on the
issues that the organization is tackling
. The goal, however, can be attained by
the traditional means of organizers directly addressing the people
Paying attention while instilled with sense of action is quintessential for
the development of organizations, says Sen
. By paying attention, a group is able
to make sound judgments about what is important and relevant to their work
.
She also acknowledges that action is a necessary risk that gives life to the vision
attained from the process of paying attention
Given the need for engagement of large numbers of people in order to
achieve substantial shift in policies, it is important for NGOs to engage civil
societies in this process. Creating concise alliances – much like the Rondônia
network, can yield favorable results, and there’s a need for many more of such
networks.
These actions should not be directed toward mobilizing only Brazilian
civil society. Civil societies in the EU, and in other countries that import Brazil’s
non-environmental friendly product, play a very important role in the solution of
the dilemma. To the same extent that civil societies in the EU contribute to
deforestation and subsequently, violation of human rights, they can also play a
key role for the solution of this dilemma.
One example is the Council strategy of 11 March 2002 at the European
Council in Barcelona on environmental integration in the external policies of the
General Affairs Council ACT
. The ACT’s summary, available in the EU’s
website, states that “trade negotiations and relations must also take account of
environmental.
In addition, the calls for corporate responsibility and vows to
systematically integrate “systematically integrating environmental considerations
into the international institutions' activities.”
Clearly, the EU has laws that take
in consideration the environment.
Summary.
This sense of interconnectedness and that people in distant places care
about similar issues is very empowering. It can boost the participation of civil
society in protecting the rights of the people and the environment. It is important
to understand that this is not the only example of collaboration. Ideally,
collaborations must continue to exist and address a wide range of global issues
that need solutions in a timely fashion. This dream is possible and at this very
moment there are people that are working toward making it a reality. More people
need to engage in the process. It is by one person at a time, joining the cause, that
we can live in a better world, not only for the people in the Amazônia and the
environment, but for the people that are struggling with hunger, access to basic
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