Report by Ormando MN and Polliana Zocche
The year of 2019 was a nightmare for ecologists and human rights defenders in Brazil. The criminal fires in the Amazon rainforest to open fields for soja or cattle, the increase of police brutality, the invasion of indigenous land, the abundance of fake news and the lack of ethic in the politics, are some of the ‘monsters’ that scares us and make we feel sad. But in midst of all these bad things there is hope for a better way of living, and there is action to find ways to make it happen.
One of the actions was a crowdfunding campaign to translate and publish Active Hope, written by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. The campaign, led by Isabel Valle, publisher of Bambual Editora, have succeed with a total of 418 supporters, including some institutions and also some people from Portugal. The translation was made by a group of ten people, with women and men from different parts of Brazil, and even with some Brazilians living abroad. After the translation a copy editing professional made the revision and the final text. The book is available now at https://bambualeditora.com.br/
We have also updated the Trabalho Que Reconecta (Work That Reconnects) Brazil website and included the pages inside Sobre o TQR (About) that are translations from chapter 4 of Coming Back to Life.
We have included the Tornar Se Facilitador (Become a Facilitator) page, which has now also been translated from the WTR official website. The page about Joanna Macy has been translated from Joanna’s official website.
We are offering a 10-day training, Cultivating Trust in the Web of Life guided by Work That Reconnects Facilitator, Adrián Villaseñor Galarza, (exact dates to be announced, postponed due to pandemic).
Our most recent blog post includes a discourse made by the indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa Yanomami.
We are planning on more translations in the near future and will keep you updated as our work progresses.