By Lauren Hogan, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Street art in Rio gives new meaning to the expression ‘painting the town’ with the vast number of scrawls and spray paintings that color the city. Now with the help of Brazilian pair Julia Murad and Nina Chini Gani, founders of the Rio Street Art
Claudia Cabral, founder of Terra dos Homens, on the social workers and psychologists trying to help 24,000 children in appalling conditions
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Why did you start Terra dos Homens in 1996?
While studying for my degree in psychology, I spent some time at my grandmother’s shelter and I saw children facing some incredibly difficult situations. I decided then that I would try to do something to help.
After starting my career in a large government shelter, I worked for the Swiss-based Terre des Hommes in international adoption. I convinced the organisation to develop a national adoption programme and to invest in the prevention of family separation. After 15 years, they asked me to create a local, independent non-governmental organisation. Because Terre des Hommes [literally “land of people”] was already well established in Rio de Janeiro, I kept the name and translated it to the Brazilian.
“Brazil has the potential and capacity to develop its energy matrix, keeping it clean, but decreasing the share of hydroelectricity and increasing the share of solar, wind and biomass,” said Maria Cecilia Wey de Brito, CEO of WWF-Brazil, in an interview on SOS Juruena Campaign´s new video launched by WWF-Brazil last June. The testimony strengthens the defense of protected areas, such as the Juruena National Park (AM / TM), which are threatened by the construction of dams.
The new video proposes arguments that take into account all the complexity that exists in building a dam in a given area. “We are working towards an energy plan that considers the environmental, economic, and social complexity in a balanced way for that region. There are alternatives in the search for clean energy sources, of low carbon and that reduce environmental impacts,” she said.
The President of the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), Roberto Vizentin, is another expert who appears in the video. In his speech, he stressed the need to “elect spaces that cause reduced social and environmental impacts. The potential that the Amazon represents, we have to reinvent the logic of growth, and ensure that it is obtained under a sustainable basis,” he declared.
#SOSJuruena Campaign’s second video can be seen bellow:
Currently, the Federal Government is considering the possibility of building two dams within the Juruena National Park. If built, hydroelectric reservoirs alone would flood about 40 acres in the Park, in State Parks Igarapés Juruena and Sucunduri, and in the Indigenous lands Apiaká, Escondido and Pontal.
The dams also affect the survival of 42 endangered animal species, or species that exist only in that region, in addition to all the rapids of the Rio Juruena, preventing vital ecological processes for migrating fish, for example.
Understand the campaign
To warn society about the issue, WWF-Brazil released the SOS Juruena Campaign, which provides a petition requesting support from the Brazilian and world population, together, to pressure the government not to allow the construction of dams within the Juruena National Park and to ensure this conservation unit remains intact.
To this date, more than 20,000 supporters from Brazil and several other countries have already signed the document and protested against the construction of the project.
You can also help our campaign. In addition to signing our petition, you can distribute it on your social networks and tell your family and friends to sign it.
Click here to join the movement and sign the petition
By Sarah Brown, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Over the days of July 16th to 18th in Luanda, Angola, participants of the Mathematics Olympics from the CPLP (Community of Countries of the Portuguese Language) were challenged with various math problems, concluding with Brazil taking home one gold medal and three silver medals. The
By George Utley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Free entry, no closing time, and impromptu live music make Rio’s street parties, or baixos, a definitive aspect of the city’s nightlife. Another feature is taking advantage of the lack of open container laws and enjoying low-cost cans of beer while wondering through the crowds
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