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Street art emerges in Sao Paulo from the ashes of the burning Amazon

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From ashes to art.


Mundano uses ash from the burned Amazon rainforest to create a street mural in Sao Paulo depicting sao paulo firefighter standing among deforestation, wildfires and dead animals.


“I’m using evidence of the crime’’, said Mundano, calling the 1,000-square-metre (10,000-square-ft) artwork on the side of a building an act of “artivism”.


Mundano travelled more than 10,000 km (6,200 miles) through Brazil in June and July, collecting ashes from the Amazon rainforest, the Pantanal wetland region, Cerrado tropical savannah, and the Atlantic Forest.


He also met with firefighters and volunteers to listen to their stories.


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has had a difficult time meeting his promise to eliminate illegal forest clearing in the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, with his calls for more farming and mining than empowering illegal loggers.


Satellites detected 28,060 fires in the Brazilian Amazon in August alone, a critical bulwark against climate change because of the vast amount of carbon dioxide that its plant life absorbs and stores and deforestation rose in September from 0 year ago.


“This mural is a protest, if you will’’, said Mundano. “I support fire brigades and for this fire culture to end, it’s leading us to self-destruction’’, he added. — Reuters


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