Faces of DiEM: Saving nature from private interests

Jonathan Silva is fighting to prevent the cliffs of Ponta da Piedade in Algarve, Portugal, from being privatised

In this episode of Faces of DiEM, DiEM25 member Jonathan Silva is interviewed by Nadia Sales Grande

“If we don’t act to shape the world [in regards to] the public interest, inevitably other interests will shape the world.”

— Jonathan Silva

One of the first people to contract COVID-19 in Lagos, and having lost his job due to the crisis, Jonathan felt the ramifications of the pandemic. But he used this time to create a non-profit organisation in Portugal in order to protect precious natural heritage in the Algarve region. He explains how upon his return he found that several private construction companies had fenced off this public land. He has released an open letter (which you can sign!) and aims to open a dialogue with the municipality to ensure that the people in the area have a say on how this land is used.

See drone footage of the area Jonathan is fighting to protect.

Photo: Area fenced off by private companies.

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Sign Jonathan’s open letter to ask the local mayor to protect the cliffs! 

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