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Thursday 15 December, 2022

17.00 - 18.30 - UQAM

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Événement film et discussion

Co-hôtes : Planète Amazone, Alliance of Mother Nature's Guardians, Le Fonds Leopold III pour l’Exploration et la Conservation de la Nature

Lieu : AmphithéâtreSH-2800, pavillon Sherbrooke de l'UQAM, 200, rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Time: 17h00 à 18h30

An exclusive 30 minutes preview presentation of the forthcoming documentary film ‘Amazonia, the Heart of Mother Earth’, directed and produced by Gert-Peter Bruch and Esmeralda de Belgique. Debate will discuss the urgent need of mobilizing at a global level to support demarcation of all indigenous peoples territories, a plan that elect president Lula as promised to fullfill while campaigning.


Panel will include indigenous, civil society and youth climate activist representatives.


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SAR la Princesse Esmeralda de Belgique

Esmeralda of Belgium is a journalist, author and keynote speaker. She has also co-produced three documentaries and written books about her family, environmental issues and female Nobel Peace Prize winners. Daughter of King Leopold, who visited the Xingu with the Vilas Boas in 1964, she is the President of Leopold III Fund for Nature Exploration and Conservation created by her late father in 1972. A campaigner for the environment and human rights, particularly for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, she is an ambassador for WWF UK and Stop Ecocide International. Making this film gave her the opportunity to follow in his father's footsteps into the lands of the Kayapo peoples, nearly 60 years after him.

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Gert-Peter Bruch

Gert-Peter Bruch is a director and keynote speaker on environmental issues. After the success of his first documentary film “Terra Libre” on the topic of the Amazon forests and the strong detailed impression it gave on the topic for professional eye, he decided to direct this film to a wider audience.. Gert-Peter Bruch has been committed to the protection of the Amazonian forest for over 30 years, and supported the first international campaign with chief Raoni. He has organized numerous field and awareness campaigns, including three international tours of chief Raoni. 

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Jojo Mehta

Chair, Stop Ecocide Foundation, Convenor of the Expert panel for the legal definition of ecocide.

Jojo Mehta co-founded Stop Ecocide in 2017, alongside legal pioneer the late Polly Higgins, to support making severe harm to nature an international crime.

As key spokesperson and Executive Director of Stop Ecocide International, Jojo has overseen the remarkable growth of the global movement while coordinating legal developments, diplomatic traction and public narrative. She is also Chair of the charitable Stop Ecocide Foundation and convenor of the Independent Expert Panel for the Legal Definition of Ecocide chaired by Philippe Sands QC and Dior Fall Sow.

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Archana Soreng

Archana Soreng (born 1996) is an environmental activist belonging to the indigenous Kharia Tribe from Bihabandh Village of Rajgangpur in Sundergarh, Odisha, India.[1] She has been working for awareness about climate change and documentation, preservation, and promotion of the traditional knowledge and practices of indigenous communities.

Soreng has been selected as one of the seven members of Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change established by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as a part of UN YouthStrategy

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Paulo Adario

Paulo Adario is currently the Senior Forest Strategist for Greenpeace International. Leading a field team focused on research and investigation, his work has revealed that the timber industry is the primary driver of a number of drivers of Amazon forest destruction.
In 2012, he was awarded the title of "Forest Hero" by the UN for "his dedication to the protection of tropical forests and forest-dependent communities in the Brazilian Amazon". 


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Gisèle Kayembe Fontaine

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gisèle Kayembe Fontaine created "Gisele Events" in 2018 to make the most of her know-how. Entrepreneur, actress, member of the Union des Artistes du Québec, trainer in event management, master of ceremonies, moderator and event host, graduate in event and show management, as well as in information and communication science, a minor in journalism and business communication. She worked as Director of Programming and Diplomatic Relations at the Vues d'Afrique International Film Festival in Montreal until September 2018, before launching herself into the job market as a 100% self-employed person.

For several years, she held important positions within the bilateral cooperation between her country of origin and Belgium, as a journalist for the United Nations, and as a coordinator for the programming of the Salon International de la Femme Noire de Montréal (SIFN), to name a few.

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Lino Paoletti

Lino is a UN Youth Delegate on Biodiversity and is thus representing the French-speaking youth from Belgium on those matters. During his mandate, he made a focus on Transformative Education as a lot of other young people across the world thanks to the Global Youth Biodiversity Network.
As a living, he is building a non lucrative organization which aims at making sustainable food accessible to everybody, even in the poor neighborhoods.

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