Posts tagged agroecology
On Saturday November 9, the ninth edition of Raízes em Movemento (Roots in Movement) Institute’s Circulando event took place in Complexo do Alemão in Rio’s North Zone. Subtitled “Dialogue and Communication in the Favela,” the day’s program went from 9am to 11pm and included poetry, debate, graffiti, and musical performances, with the focus overrall on human rights.
The event included exhibitions of photography by Bruno Itan, Alexandre Correa, Seu Rodrigues Moura, Flavia Viana and Maria Buzanovsky and the creation of new works of graffiti on walls along the Central Avenue.
Just outside the Roots in Movement Institute’s headquarters, organizers built a yellow tent to host a More >
Vale Encantado, a tranquil favela located in the heart of the Tijuca Forest, has developed a creative solution to ensure the historic community’s future development in light of limited public investments: residents are working to create a model of sustainability for favelas across Rio and beyond.
Vale Encantado has been a model in sustainability for many years, and their efforts are always expanding. The community grows much of their own food, and has installed solar panels in one home with the hopes of expanding the project throughout the community. The Vale Encantado Cooperative, headed by Otávio Barros, runs an eco-tourism business, More >
For 12 years, Dona Rita Maria Barbosa, 56, kept an organic garden supplying her local community in Colônia Juliano Moreira (in Jacarepaguá, West Zone) with fresh fruit and vegetables and teaching schoolchildren about agroecology. Last month she was evicted from her home and the garden destroyed to make way for a garbage collection point. Over coffee in her new house, where the walls are unstable and there is no garden space for her to plant, she tells her story:
How long have you lived in Colônia?
I’ve lived in Colônia since November 1st, 1990. I came from a hill in Praça Seca More >
Complexo do Alemão, a complex of favelas in Rio’s North Zone, is perhaps best known for its history of violence related to drug trafficking and police occupation. However, project members of organisation Verdejar (Becoming Green) are working to draw attention to the area for a completely different reason.
Verdejar was founded in 1997 by Luiz Carlos Matos Marins, known as Luiz Poeta (“Luiz the Poet”), interviewed by RioOnWatch prior to his passing in late 2011. Poeta’s idea was to create trails and collect refuse in the Serra da Misericordia, home to the largest section of Atlantic Forest in Rio’s densely urban North Zone.
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Luiz Carlos Matos Marins, better known as Luiz Poeta (“Luiz the Poet”), founder of the project Verdejar, works in the neighborhood of Engenho da Rainha in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Today, on this Blog Action Day 2012, the theme of which is FOOD, we chose to interview and publish this story in recognition of the work of the incomparable Luiz Poeta.
The history of his project, Verdejar, is replete with struggles, partnerships, events and hard work – all with the goal of reclaiming Serra da Misericórdia (the largest section of the Atlantic Rainforest in the North Zone of Rio), employing More >