ARTIST FOR THE AMAZON
The first night I slept in the Amazon I was in a hammock. I could barely sleep, overwhelmed by the chorus of sounds all around me, especially from howler monkeys hanging and singing from the top of trees. But if for a second my Western mind was disturbed by not being able to to sleep, I quickly came to realize that it was I who was the intruder. This was their precious world, their sanctuary, a microcosm of the best of our universe before we arrived. I felt respect – and awe.
I hold this feeling deep in my heart as I think about trees slaughtered at accelerating rates, and species in the Amazon going extinct.
About Charles Lyons
Charles Lyons is a journalist, filmmaker and professor. He produced/ wrote/ and edited short films for the United Nations in India, Japan, and Brazil, including one on the controversial Belo Monte dam in the Amazon; and he wrote an editorial about the danger of large dams in the Amazon for The New York Times. He continues to write about the Amazon and indigenous issues in Brazil.