Chico Mendes

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A Brazilianrubber tapper, trade unionist, and environmental activist (1944–88) whose full name was Francisco Alves Mendes Filho. He fought to stop the logging of the Amazon rainforest to create land for cattle ranching, founded a national union of rubber tappers to try to preserve their profession and the rainforest that it relied upon, and was murdered in 1988 by ranchers opposed to his activism.

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