Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve, state of Acre, Brazil

Named in memory of Mendes (1944-1988), seen here at his home in Xapuri. He wrote: "At first I thought I was fighting to save rubber trees, then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rainforest. Now I realize I am fighting for humanity."

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First posted 30 July 2019.

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Global Beacons of Hope

Laboratory of Marie Sklodowska Curie, Paris

Sklodowska Curie (1867-1934) was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win a Nobel Prize twice,  and the first woman professor at the University of Paris. She wrote: "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less."

InterEnvironment Institute leads and provides the secretariat for this initiative, which is in formation.

Global Beacons of Hope are places carefully chosen to symbolize the imagination, exploration, and moral behavior needed to move the world toward greater justice and sustainability.

Detailed information will be posted here and on a separate website ( as soon as it becomes available.