Sonia Regina de Brito Pereira
Sonia Pereira of Brazil is an environmental lawyer, a biologist, a social psychologist, and professor of Environmental Law and Human Ecology. She also coordinates the Ecological and Educational Training Programme in Human Ecology to support low-income communities to help them address their common problems, through reflective-learning and working together to clean and restore their environment. In the 1980s, she was responsible for bringing to international attention the negative effects of the biggest hydroelectric power station built in the Amazon. She has fought against the destruction of the forest and submitted a paper asking the United Nations to conduct investigations and examine the killing of many people in the whole region and the use of poisonous chemical substances to clear the vegetation. She has contributed to the development of Government environmental management activities, and promoted public dialogue between the Government and communities. Her conviction which encouraged communities to resist efforts to destroy their lands and lives, has led to numerous death threats. She has written several articles and co-authored a book entitled "Environmental Planning". She was a delegate for the Latin America and Caribbean Seminar on Women and the Environment, a Success Story Presenter at the Global Assembly on Women and the Environment and at the World Peace University Symposium for Native Wisdom, Native Rights and Mother Earth.