FASE’s Espírito Santo Program works to oppose the kind of development that destroys the environment, the climate and the State’s quilombola, peasant and fishing cultures and communities. This regional program has a long history of opposition to the so-called “green deserts” of huge industrial eucalyptus plantations, which have replaced the native Atlantic Forest.
The program networks among political players, creates strategies to enforce rights and carries out resistance projects with agroecology and for food security, mainly through the training of leaders and organizing quilombola communities in Sapê do Norte, in the north of the State. It also shares in debates on the expansion of oil drilling and its impact on society, a theme that has gained importance with the expansion of Brazil’s oil frontier into the Pre-Salt basin off the coast to the south of State capital Vitória, where FASE has its offices.
The global consumer society ideal, also prevalent in Brazil, imposes an out-of-balance production model on territories in the Southern Hemisphere. One example is the industrial-scale cultivation of eucalyptus plantations, covering ever greater regions of States like Espírito Santo and Bahia. To produce pulp and paper, this monoculture is responsible for impacts ranging from the depletion of water resources to the forced displacement of traditional communities.
FASE Espírito Santo enters campaigns aimed at assuring land-holding and territorial rights, reducing consumption, discussing climate change and the carbon market, recycling, water rights and other issues. Its work on agroecology involves education and networking, as well as practical experiences in alternatives for family food production, all of which materialize the resistance of quilombolas to predatory development, to strengthen their struggle and enforce their economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.