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A tale of two summits: Rio People’s Summit is both vibrant and troubled, by @ghanscom #RioPlus20

A tale of two summits: Rio People’s Summit is both vibrant and troubled, by @ghanscom #RioPlus20

Catadores, or trash pickers, fight for their rights. (Photo by Paulo Teixeira.) “I am the son of a catadora ,” begins João Paolo de Jesus, sounding like someone who has told his life story a few times before. “I lived around the open pit dump from the time I was 7 until I was 11 or 12.” João Paolo’s mother was a trash picker, one of thousands of people in Brazil who subsist by sifting through society’s castoffs, gleaning copper, aluminum, plastics, and paper for sale to scrap dealers and recycling companies. The two of them lived near an open dump in Salvador, Brazil’s third-largest city. At 26, João Paolo has taken up the trade as well, and he is working to build pride and legitimacy for catadores locally and across the country. The effort has brought João Paolo and several dozen other catadores to Rio this week under the banner of the National Movement of Collectors of R...

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