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Carlos A. Nobre is a climate scientist at the University of São Paulo’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Brazil and former president of the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education.
This August, the skies outside my office in São Paulo, Brazil, were filled with smoke from the fires in the Amazon rainforest. I recalled the forest that I saw in the 1970s as a teenager on family holidays — its beauty, powerful rivers, Indigenous peoples and continuous rains — and thought of how much my country (and the world) could lose. Bishops throughout the Amazon region gathered in the Vatican this month to pray and strategize on behalf of “integral ecology, the cry of the Earth and the poor”. Reversing the situation in Brazil is essential for the “good living” the synod seeks.