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The ecological footprint of the Sanema people

The ecological footprint of the Sanema people
Key Info
  • The ecological footprint of the Sanema people
  • Duration: 04:52
  • The existence of the Sanema people was threatened in the 1980s and 1990s as prospective gold miners came to the area. Deforestation and river pollution resulted, which threatened the indigenous people. Today, the Sanema live in the biosphere reserve, which protects their existence. Indigenous people can teach us a lot about the environment. Their ecological footprint is relatively small and their lifestyles are therefore sustainable. An end to their nomadic lifestyle threatens this sustainability and therefore their existence.
  • Subject:



    People and the Environment: Resources

  • Keywords: gold, mining, resources, pollution, Amazon, indigenous, biosphere, ecological footprint, nomadic
Ideas for use in class
  • Country studies of Brazil or Venezuela. Human interaction with ecosystems. Rural issues.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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