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The Workers Who Saved the Amazon Rainforest

In the 1980s the fate of the Amazon rainforest turned on an unlikely environmental hero: Chico Mendes (1944 - 1988), a poor rubber tapper and union organizer in Brazil. As cattle ranching and logging threatened the rainforest with deforestation, Mendes formed a workers union that aligned itself with environmentalism. This excerpt is from American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire, premiering 4/22/14.
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Since its premiere in 1986, AMERICAN MASTERS has been the only PBS series committed to developing and producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history.

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