Copaíba: Brazilian sisters lead efforts to reforest the Atlantic Forest

Sister-led environmental organisation Copaíba is aiming to restore Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth, to its former glory by helping to reforest the area. Sisters Ana Paula and Flávia Balderi founded Copaíba as teenagers in 2009. Horrified by the deforestation around their area, they decided to take matters into their own hands by planting trees around their hometown. Soon they turned … Continue reading Copaíba: Brazilian sisters lead efforts to reforest the Atlantic Forest

Nucleário: Biodegradable seed planter that could help advance reforestation projects in Brazil and beyond

Brazilian company Nucleário has created a biodegradable seed planter – mimicing some of the features of a tropical rainforest’s own species to help saplings grow – offering a faster and more sustainable way to replant tropical rainforests. The biodegradable seed planter helps seedlings to grow by capturing, storing, and releasing water to the seedling as needed. It also provides a barrier to protect the seedling … Continue reading Nucleário: Biodegradable seed planter that could help advance reforestation projects in Brazil and beyond

Denilson Baniwa: Indigenous artist fusing native references with non-native to communicate the thinking and struggle of his people in Brazil

Visual artist Denilson Baniwa is using art to communicate the thinking and struggle of indigenous people in Brazil and around the world today by mixing traditional and contemporary indigenous references with western, non-indigenous references throughout his artworks. Denilson Baniwa of the Baniwa indigenous people uses canvas, installations, digital media and performances to highlight the experience of being indigenous in present times. A native of the … Continue reading Denilson Baniwa: Indigenous artist fusing native references with non-native to communicate the thinking and struggle of his people in Brazil

Good Net: New project turning ghost nets into volleyball nets launches on Copacabana Beach

Good Net, a new project which upcycles discarded fishing nets into volleyball nets for local communities, has been launched on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach. The Good Net project is a team effort between the international governing body for volleyball, FIVB, and the marine conservation group, Ghost Fishing, acting as one to remove Ghost Nets from the ocean and give them new life as volleyball … Continue reading Good Net: New project turning ghost nets into volleyball nets launches on Copacabana Beach

Brazilian artist turns recycled tyres into comfortable, customised pet beds

A Brazilian artist has found an ingenious way to recycle car tyres with his love of animals by turning them into pet beds. Amarildo Silva was looking for a way to make extra income using the trash that people throw in the streets. Two years ago, the 23-year-old noticed that there were rows of discarded used tyres littering the streets of his neighborhood in Paraíba, Brazil. He … Continue reading Brazilian artist turns recycled tyres into comfortable, customised pet beds

Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado devoting his life’s work to preserving the planet

Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado has exposed the social and environmental problems facing the planet for more than 40 years. The photographer’s black-and-white prints capture natural environments and the people who inhabit them. Using his images as a means of promoting preservation, Sebastião Salgado’s documentation of unblemished landscapes, wildlife, and indigenous communities demonstrate the urgent need to protect the planet. He says: “What I want is the world … Continue reading Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado devoting his life’s work to preserving the planet

Ivan Conti’s Free-Thinking Samba Legacy — Bandcamp Daily

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/track=2523835795/album=933368231/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/ You might expect the powerhouse drummer of Azymuth, now in his 70s, to be slowing down—but that’s far from the case. via Ivan Conti’s Free-Thinking Samba Legacy — Bandcamp Daily Continue reading Ivan Conti’s Free-Thinking Samba Legacy — Bandcamp Daily

The Mutties’ Club: Teacher sets up animal rescue centre in Brazilian city

Animal rescue centres are commonplace in the UK and US, but in countries like Brazil such organisations are rare if not, non-existent. That’s why Brazilian teacher Juliana Soares decided to take things into her own hands and set up her own rescue centre. The animal rescuer – based in the city of Guarapuava in Paraná, Brazil – founded The Mutties’ Club to address the lack … Continue reading The Mutties’ Club: Teacher sets up animal rescue centre in Brazilian city

Insolar: Empowering solar communities in Brazil

Insolar is a startup dedicated to bringing solar power to low-income families in Brazil. In collaboration with low-income communities, Insolar install Photovoltaic Systems that convert the energy of the sun into electric energy, thus reducing the resident’s energy bills, as well as helping to preserve the environment. Insolar began life providing solar power in Santa Marta, a favela in Rio de Janeiro that’s home to … Continue reading Insolar: Empowering solar communities in Brazil