Iracambi

Saving Forests: Changing Lives. Located in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, one of the worlds top five biodiversity hotspots, Iracambi's tagline is "Saving Forests, Changing Lives."
Oct 20, 2015

From Our Neck of the Woods

Getting it done - nursery table prepping
Getting it done - nursery table prepping

Down in the Forest Something Stirred.... 

Remember that? Well, things are certainly stirring down in our forests. We've managed to secure fencing materials for     the first farmers which are now in place, our tree seedlings are ready to go, each property has its individual plan so that we, (and the farmers) know exactly which species of tree to plant, in which soils and on which parts of the property.

Now all we have to do is wait for the rains. And they can't come soon enough! It's been terrifically hot here (as well as in many other parts of the world,) and we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when it dawned grey and damp yesterday. So if the  promised storms really do arrive, then we can go ahead and get the planting going. 

There are more exciting things in the pipeline too. Due to the success of this pilot project, we are planning to scale up. More farmers, more trees, more water. More impact on mitigating the effects of climate change. We have recently been included in a pilot scheme to plant trees for carbon offsets. Our nursery manager is hiring an assistant so that he can produce more tree seedlings. And so that we can download some of his encylopedic knowledge of all things tree related. Our students are helping make more seed tables.

So it's all good! And we couldn't do it without you, dear donors. Thank you for your support and stay tuned for the next instalment of the forest water project. 

Rainforest best to you all,

Toni, Gui, and the forestry team      

drilling down for the tables
drilling down for the tables
Almost there!
Almost there!
yes we can!
yes we can!

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Oct 7, 2015

The power of partnerships: Iracambi, The Peer Award for Excellence, and MicroSoft YouthSpark

March for the Environment
March for the Environment

Greetings from the Young Eco-Leaders! 

In this report we are going to tell you about three things. First, a big success. Second, a big opportunity. And third, what our Eco-Leaders have been doing since we last reported.  

So here goes. 1. Our big success. Iracambi has just been declared joint winner of the prestigious Peer Award for Excellence in London! This award comes to us by courtesy of our fellow competitors - an impressive lineup of corporates and industry - in recognition of our excellent educational initiatives. Including, of course, our Young Eco-Leaders program.

2. Our big opportunity. Our wonderful partners in the Microsoft YouthSpark campaign (with Global Giving) have raised over $7.500,000 over the past three years for young people across the world, and are celebrating this by offering matching grants TODAY, Wednesday October 7th. Many of you have supported these matching donation days in the past and we'd love it if you could support us again. Here is how it works, and please donate if you can!  

All tax-free donations to the US site https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/young-eco-leaders-of-the-brazilian-rainforest/ will be eligible for matching funding - what a painless way to stretch your charitable donation!

To attract matching funding, donations must be made between 1200 pm and 1159 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday October 7th and must be made either by Paypal or by using your own credit card. No, friends, your spouse's credit card won't cut it. It's all to do with avoiding fraud! 

If you are donating from the UK site http://bit.ly/1HUJeIA the timing will be a little different - 5.00pm on Wednesday 7th October - 0459 am on Thursday 8th October - by which time we hope you will be tucked up in bed. Donations through the UK site may be made through Paypal, CAF Online, or your own credit or debit card. All donations to the UK site are eligible for Giftaid - just check the box to reclaim the Giftaid, and a additional 25% will be added to your donation!!

3. And now for the progress report. What, exactly, is your money supporting? 

Kids' education - and by extension, outreach and knowledge-sharing among the community. Like you, we believe that every child has a part to play in helping to bring about the future we want, and it's our job as parents and educators to help them develop their potential. Our focus is on leadership and care for the earth, and we're happy to report that our young Eco-Leaders are rising to the challenge!

They are increasingly interested and involved in some of the important issues that face their communities, and face us all - how to ensure that clean water, clean air, and good fresh food are available to everyone. How to care for the forest, the soils and water, and how to live within the capacity of the earth. 

They've lobbied the local water authority and got recycling bins so that the water supplies will no longer be contaminated by garbage. After planting and caring for forest trees, they've helped their families understand how trees protect and preserve our water resources. They've discovered that fencing wire is so expensive here that many farmers just can't afford to fence their animals out of the areas of newly planted trees, so they lobbied local government to donate fencing wire for areas of reforestation.   

They've taken part in public hearings about mining, and are gaining a good understanding of the complex issues involved so that they can share their findings with their families. They've worked with organic farmers, and learned how to raise healthy fresh food without using chemicals, and this past weekend they were part of a community March for the Environment.

We're raising up a new generation of leaders - one young person at a time. Thank you for being there with us - we couldn't do it without you! Please donate today if you can! 

with rainforest love,

Gui, Binka and the Young Ecoleaders  

Eco Leaders on the March
Eco Leaders on the March

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Jul 29, 2015

Hot Winter in the Rainforest!

Mining Meeting in Belizario
Mining Meeting in Belizario

Dear friends of Young Eco-Leaders of the Rainforest,

It's winter in the south hemisphere, but certain themes have kept things hot in the Atlantic Rainforest!

We're at the end of July, school break for the school and also for the Young Eco-Leaders program. Important things have changed since we've last met, keeping our program leaders busy to adjust their plans for the next semester.

At the end of last month, right after our last class of the first semester, there was a meeting organized in Belizario to discuss bauxite mining in our community. To our surprise, there were five mining employees to answer questions and gather information about the community's position regarding the theme. The people who were present made clear that mining goes against all the plans we have for our region. We are in an important watershed, atlantic rainforest refuge and our people depend on the fertility of their lands to generate food and income. We've asked them, more than once, to please leave us and forget their plans for our area. Still, they've answered they would proceed with individual negotiations, following the modern moto of a society that privatizes profits and socialize losses (environment and social).

This situation created several themed community work groups, suh as communication, events, education, law, politics and education, which now mobilize actions in all the spheres with a chance to push back the mining iniciatives.

Thus, our program Young Eco-Leaders of the Rainforest is now part of the community education mobilization, and on the next semester we'll learn as much as we can about bauxite mining, providing our youth a solid base to act as knowledge multipliers, leading iniciatives in the school from the inside.

And as we were on vacation, we also had a chance to have fun! We organized a trail to Itajuru Peak, the highest in southeast of Serra do Brigadeiro State Park. We began the trail real early, 6:00 a.m., which might explains why half of our group were absent and the sleepy faces in the pictures. Still, for those who joined us for a hiking day in the state park, they had a priviledged perspective to comtemplate nature's richness, our community's landscape and all the wonderfull and vulnerable things of this place called home.

Thanks for supporting our program. Your contribution was never so important as it is now.

Gui, Binka, and all the Young Eco-Leaders Team

Young Eco-Leaders participating in the meeting
Young Eco-Leaders participating in the meeting
Trail to Itajuru  - Starting Point/sleepy faces
Trail to Itajuru - Starting Point/sleepy faces
Itajuru Peak - 1640m above sea level
Itajuru Peak - 1640m above sea level

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