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Felipe Milanez (Professor at the Institute for Humanities, Arts and Sciences Professor Milton Santos and the Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Program in Culture and Society, of the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.)
The intersection between environmental destruction and violence against Indigenous Peoples was the subject of “The Ecology of Genocide” (3 November 2021) a lecture by Felipe Milanez. A Brazilian journalist and a professor at the Federal University of Bahia, Milanez was a visiting scholar with A New Earth Conversation, a recently established Clark University initiative that grapples with issues of climate change. His work examines the relationship between genocide and ecocide in contemporary Brazil where the current authoritarian government of Jair Bolsonaro has pursued historic practices of controlling indigenous resources and has perpetrated violence against indigenous and forest peoples. Defending their communities and natural environment has been challenging for these communities especially recently as they have suffered disproportionate harm during the Covid 19 pandemic.