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Introduction:

COP25

This year too we have been preparing for the COP. The 25th is due to be held in Santiago de Chile from 2 to 13 December 2019 and we plan to cycle from there to Brazil via Bolivia. Brazil was originally supposed to host the event, but the year before (following the election of climate sceptic Jair Bolsonaro as president) it announced - a few days before the start of COP24 in Katowice - that it was withdrawing its bid to host it.

For us, this will be an opportunity to report on each of these three Latin American countries. In Chile, we plan to document the serious drought problems affecting the centre and north of the country, then go to Bolivia before heading to Brazil: to discover the Andean Altiplano, the Amazonian forest (passing through the areas that burned in September this year and whose images were shown around the world), to try to photograph the large cattle farms and the immense Brazilian soya plantations...

To withstand the humidity of the Amazon we equip ourselves accordingly: a new waterproof tent with a full mosquito net and a new waterproof camera body (tropicalised). Unfortunately, the evening we bought the latter, the news came: the COP25 was cancelled in Chile!


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