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The Amazon rainforest, the earth's largest remaining tropical wilderness, is disappearing as fast as ever. Despite the cries of alarm that went off in the 1980s, itís losing a chunk of forest cover the size of Belgium every year. That leaves about 80 percent of forest still standing, but scientists believe that only 58 percent may still be left in 2020 and that within 50 years it could disappear entirely. The Amazon's disappearance has long been a cause for concern. But who really cares about preserving the rainforest? Scientists no longer believe that the Amazon acts as the planet's lungs (the forest absorbs about as much oxygen as it produces), and what the environmental group Greenpeace came up with is that it acts as the “earth's air conditioner.” A nice added feature in these times of global warming, not nearly as essential as lungs. To get a sense of who cares about the Amazon and why we've decided to introduce you to some of the 17 million people who live there. Come and meet Sebasti„o who is waiting to receive rights over some land in far western RondŰnia state where he fled after dealing drugs in S„o Paulo's favelas. Self-confessed diamond addict LeŰnidas who risks life and limb looking for diamonds in the Cinta Larga Indian reserve, once held a rock worth a cool million in his hands, only to turn it over to the chiefs of a tribe that practiced cannibalism until recently. Indigenous communities lobby for their rights along with their local representative Armindo a retired soldier. Downstream along the Rio Negro, Josť knows that he will have to leave his indigenous community if he wants to study in the city of S„o Gabriele da Cachoeira, where the local diocese is headed by Bishop Don Song, a Chinese-born priest who discovered in the jungle a land of religious freedom and who preaches with music and magic tricks. Five days by boat downstream near the city of Belťm, Pascoal went to start a new life, which he did one night by falling in love. Lili tried to cure her broken heart by going to the ďend of Brazil.Ē She now seasons her food with love when there's nothing else to offer the guests at her inn. Almost blind Arthur, who first came to the region to tap rubber during World War II, now relies on his parrot Fofinha to identify bad guests. Welcome to the wild, weird and wonderful world of the Amazon. is the online presence of COLORS a quarterly magazine that focuses on cultural topics from around the world.

“Sebastião” –  PAGE 1
Itís a fine thing to sit on your sofa and talk about preservation, but come here to live and youíll more

“Sebastião” –  PAGE 2
“Itís not easy to get around in a city thatís connected by bridges for half the year, but I get by. I like it more

“Sebastião” –  PAGE 3
My disability has allowed me to visit many states: Manaus, Belťm do ParŠ and Brasilia. I even have a more

“Sebastião” –  PAGE 4
I grew up in Cachoeira and worked clearing jungle for 11 years. Being a cowboy is better work, but more

“Sebastião” –  PAGE 5
This isnít a good place for the younger generationóthereís nothing to do. They have no future. They more

“Sebastião” –  PAGE 6
Rainforests are the most diverse ecosystems on the planet and are home to millions of indigenous forest people more

“Leônidas” –  PAGE 7
Iíve chased after rocks all my life. Iím addicted to rocks, all miners are. It really is an addiction. more

“Leônidas” –  PAGE 8
I got pregnant when I was 10 years old. Since then Iíve worked as a miner, itís all I know. I prefer more

“Leônidas” –  PAGE 9
I canít tell you my real name. The federal police could throw me in jail. We live like bandits. I lost more

“Leônidas” –  PAGE 10
Thereís always a rush before the festival. We prepare 20 songs for a two-and-a-half hour show. I work more

“Leônidas” –  PAGE 11
Iím from the Karipuna tribe.We live about 500km from here. We can only reach our tribe by boat. We more

“Leônidas” –  PAGE 12
A whole city has grown up here since the mine opened. Almost 2,000 people live here now. Some, like more

“Leônidas” –  PAGE 13
Thereís a story that during World War II Manaus hosted several foreign military bases. The story goes more

“Armindo” –  PAGE 14
My backgroundís a mixture of Portuguese, Paraguayan, Bare and Tukano Indian. Thatís Brazil for you. Ií more

“Armindo” –  PAGE 15
Things are much better now. Now every city has a state health station. In the rainy season there are a more

“Armindo” –  PAGE 16
Working for one of the few air taxi services around, I meet all sorts of people. We carry lots of more

“Armindo” –  PAGE 17
Cucuí is where Brazil begins and ends. Itís not quite a city, but it has the basic infrastructure more

“Armindo” –  PAGE 18
Iím from Juiz de Fora in Minas Gerais state. I came here as a soldier when I was 18 years old and more

“Armindo” –  PAGE 19
The Amazon supports at least 80,000 species of plants, thousands of which have traditionally been used by more

“José” –  PAGE 20
When Iím 18, I want to join the army. My uncle joined the army five years ago. I donít like living more

“José” –  PAGE 21
Everything that comes from the white man has a positive side and a negative side. TV brings a lot of more

“José” –  PAGE 22
I never learned to read or write, I stopped studying when I was 11. What I understand is nature. Iím more

“José” –  PAGE 23
Iíve been here for less than a year. My job is to communicate with health agents in the city and let more

“José” –  PAGE 24
If you do everything the way youíre supposed to, there are lots of controls, less profit and more more

“José” –  PAGE 25
When rainforest is cut down to make way for cattle pasture, the land owner gets about US$400 per acre for more

“José” –  PAGE 26
To reach this village you have to leave the main river. Only a good boatman knew how to distinguish more

“Don Song” –  PAGE 27
Weíre having a hard time offering people a new way of looking at life.”

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“Don Song” –  PAGE 28
Itís okay around here but I donít go out at night, itís too violent. I mean they stab you for no more

“Don Song” –  PAGE 29
Naked women and saints go well together. Saints offer us protection. We must honor them. Women—I more

“Don Song” –  PAGE 30
My life would make a good book. Youíd need a lot of pages to get it all down. When I was 13 I left more

“Don Song” –  PAGE 31
Our religion is closely connected with the forest because the drink we prepare comes from an Amazon more

“Don Song” –  PAGE 32
My friends and relatives think Iím crazy. They all say Iím surrounded by killers, rapists and more

“Don Song” –  PAGE 33
Weíre missionaries. There are 196 of us in the Amazon, 5,000 in Brazil and 52,000 throughout the more

“Pascoal” –  PAGE 34
Iím very proud of being Brazilian. We are very happy people. People here are open and they help you more

“Pascoal” –  PAGE 35
My name is Mario but I like to be called Maroca, itís my artistic name. My father wouldnít accept me more

“Pascoal” –  PAGE 36
The government has decided to clean up the area, tearing down the houses here. The first who moved got more

“Pascoal” –  PAGE 37
I decided to live here with my family because it was cheap. I bought this house nine years ago from a more

“Pascoal” –  PAGE 38
Iíll never forget the first time I saw electricity. To me it was magic that you could have light more

“Pascoal” –  PAGE 39
We separate different kinds of paper and plastic. . We produce up to four tons of papers in one night. more

“Pascoal” –  PAGE 40
Fancy a lunchof pirarucu stew and cupuaç juice? Ecotourism in the Amazon lets you live more

“Pascoal” –  PAGE 41
My family migrated when I was a child. We had nothing, so we set up here. Even though there are more

“Lili” –  PAGE 42
Why did the Americans kill all their Indians and now they want to take care of ours? Iím too more

“Lili” –  PAGE 43
We are trying to rescue our culture, which has been invaded by technobrega. This techno [music] comes more

“Lili” –  PAGE 44
The Portuguese missionaries didnít know how to respect and value the people who lived on these lands. more

“Lili” –  PAGE 45
Ninety-four percentof the countries in the world are multilingual, but most of them have only one more

“Lili” –  PAGE 46
The most urgent issue affecting Amazonian tribes relates to the Ďuncontactedí or otherwise very more

“Lili” –  PAGE 47
Iíve been mayor for 14 months. Itís been a real headache. This town has lots of problems: social more

“Arthur” –  PAGE 48
Weíre soldiers because we survived the war with the jungle. Iím proud to have done such an more

“Arthur” –  PAGE 49
They used to call us arigós, the rubber soldiers. I lost my father and mother early so I more

“Arthur” –  PAGE 50
Industrial logging is one of the primary reasons why the worldís remaining natural rainforests could more

“Arthur” –  PAGE 51
I promised Padre Giovanni I would take care of the museum after he died in 2003. For 17 years I more

“Arthur” –  PAGE 52
I arrived here in Brazil in the 1980s when many organizations began looking at the deforestation more

“Arthur” –  PAGE 53
What the agribusiness men are doing is terrible. And they want us to be silent. We are a small more

“Arthur” –  PAGE 54
We try to draw attentionto the increase in deforestation . There was an average rate of 18,000 sq km more

Editorial –  PAGE 55
Social debate about the Amazon region takes two main approaches: One is critical, the other more

Credits and Thanks –  PAGE 56
CREATIVE DIRECTOR - Andy Cameron, London