One of the leaders of the Wampis, the indigenous people who are superbly resisting the loggers and miners in their part of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, is coming to Hereford this Sunday, February 18th. Shapiom Noningo Sesen Bio will be welcomed by Size of Herefordshire supporters gathering at De Koffee Pot on Hereford's Left Bank, close to the old Bridge. Shapiom has been a prominent leader within the Amazonian indigenous movement for many years, from the community level right up the national organisation which represents the forest people of the Peruvian Amazon. In the Consejo Aguaruna Huambisa (the Council of the Awajun and Wampis people, Shapiom has played a huge role in defending the land and the social and cultural rights of the indigenous people of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. And we just need to constantly remember two facts: the destruction of the rainforest causes more carbon dioxide release than all the world's transport in a year.... and as Naomi Wolf has said, the best defenders of the rainforest are its people. Shapiom is one of those best defenders.
From between 3.00 and 5.30, we will be proud to welcome Shapiom.