Posts tagged sustainability
On Sunday October 6, members of Vila Laboriaux joined together in a day-long celebration of their community’s vitality and to look to the future. Perched at the top of Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro, Vila Laboriaux has been fighting eviction threats from the government for over three years. Since then, community members have been working tirelessly to resist removal and recently succeeded in August, after Mayor Eduardo Paes announced that the state would begin investing in infrastructure for Vila Laboriaux, instead of removal.
On August 7, 2013, Catalytic Communities‘ Executive Director and urban planner, Theresa Williamson, gave a presentation on land tenure and urban planning in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas as part of a Casa Fluminense event. Here translated is her presentation, looking in depth at favela qualities and the possibilities to preserve them and ensure the sustainable, self-determined development of these communities both in a global context and a local climate of evictions and gentrification.
Contrary to popular belief, we can be well impressed and inspired by a great deal of what we see when visiting favelas in Rio. Numerous community projects exist in which More >
For the original by Mariana Alvim in Portuguese on Viva Favela click here.
Fewer motorized vehicles, proximity to points of interest, and a sense of community: these are some of the features that would make favelas good places to use bicycles in the city. On the other hand, the steepness of the hills, the narrow streets, and the lack of pavement impose difficulties both for residents and for any urban policy that proposes to restructure communities for this type of transport. Even with the lack of bike paths and bike racks, favela residents opt for these two-wheelers as a simple and inexpensive means 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 the original in French by Jane Zhang on Greenetvert click here.
As the world’s governments gathered to discuss sustainable development at the Rio+20 conference last year, vast heavy metal pollution from a steel plant wreaked havoc on residents and the ecosystem of Santa Cruz, located just a few kilometers from the conference in Rio’s West Zone. The company responsible, the German group Thyssenkrup, now refuses to pay its fines and will benefit from compensation for its efforts towards “sustainable development.”