The Amazon’s Big Cities Need Green Jobs Too. It’s a Challenge

By Monica Prestes

The region’s cities face dire poverty and unemployment.

This article is part of AQ’s special report on sustainable development of the Amazon. MANAUS, Brazil – For much of the world, coverage of the devastating COVID-19 outbreak here in Manaus was a reminder that the Amazon is more than just the rainforest. In fact, more than 60% of the Brazilian Amazon region’s 30 million people live in urban centers, and every year thousands more leave rural communities for Manaus and Belém – the region’s largest cities – to look for jobs and a better life. Most city newcomers, however, end up living in slums, peddling candy at...

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