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Last week, Solar Cities Solutions visited the greater Rio area to continue their efforts to build biodigesters in up to four favelas prior to the 2014 World Cup. During this visit the team completed the first set of biodigesters in Niterói that will serve a school in one of the communities affected by the tragic landslides of April 2010. Solar Cities Solutions worked on the Niterói site with Architecture for Humanity (who are concurrently constructing the ninety-person day care center the biodigesters will be utilized by), the future head of the school and local environmental engineers and architects.
Biodigesters are an ancient technology, historically More >
For the original by Mídia NINJA in Portuguese on Medium click here.
They clean the litter off the streets and sidewalks daily. They have the dirtiest and one of the least valued jobs in our society. Despite their fluorescent orange uniforms, they are invisible to the majority of people. They work up to 12 hours a day, for a monthly salary of R$800 (US$344), rushing around the city, always in a humble way. They live in the favelas, and the majority of them are black. Their labor union has been commanded by the same political group for decades. They make wage agreements More >
For the original by Thiago Jansen in Portuguese for O Globo click here.
In addition to being a Comlurb employee, Alexandre is a pai-de-santo (male priest of Umbanda, a primary Afro-Brazilian religion), and approaches his work with naturalness.
RIO—His name is an actor’s name. His nickname, a singer’s. Thus, his holiness could be no other than the hunter of axé (energy) Oxóssi, Afro-Brazilian diety of abundance, linked to the arts. Known as Emílio by his work colleagues—for his likeness to the musician Emílio Santiago who died last year—the city street sweeper Alexandre Borges, 31 years old, is famous in the Municipal Urban Cleaning Company of More >
Climbing one of the many slopes of Morro da Pedreira in Costa Barros in Rio de Janeiro’s North Zone, you might not guess you’d find a father up here with a great talent for folk art and a passion for recycling and the environment. The material this man has chosen for his beautiful work is glass.
Often carelessly thrown away, glass becomes one of the villains in this season’s all-too-common flooding. Glass takes hundreds of years to biodegrade, which is why it is commonly recycled, or at least should be.
The artist Alex Sandro, or “Cabeludo” as he’s known in the community More >
Dull concrete, broken equipment and sparse vegetation compose Vidigal‘s official “Ecological Park.” Like many residents, Felipe Paiva of Cidade Unida (“United City”) wasn’t impressed. His voice carried more than a hint of irony as he detailed its construction: “The Prefeitura (City Hall) tore down some buildings to clear out this square, left the trees around the edges, and called it an ecological park.” An unfinished swing set framed the scene in tired themes of half-hearted government investment that define too many favela communities. But Felipe continued on a brighter note: “Down there, residents built a proper ecological park for ourselves.”
After our More >