Francisco "Chico" Mendes: Winner 1990
The murder of Francisco "Chico" Mendes in December 1988 reinforced the significance of his efforts to protect the Brazilian rainforest.
As President of the Rural Workers' Union of Brazil, Chico Mendes led the fight against the cattle ranchers' destruction of the rainforest, on which the livelihoods, and even survival, of the indigenous forest people and rubber tappers depend. He also called for new approaches to land reform and the establishment of special "extractive reserves" within the forests.
He became a world-renowned environmentalist in the mid-1980s as a result of his flair for campaigning and his ability to draw attention to the rubber tappers' plight. His ability to link ecology and society's needs guided future efforts to achieve sustainable development.
Francisco "Chico" Mendes Filho (deceased)
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