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Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest

by Iracambi
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
The road to rainforest adventure
The road to rainforest adventure

 Dear donors,

We hope you are all doing well, and holding up in these difficult times? One day this covid nightmare will be behind us, but the young people whose education you have supported will be taking their place as the new generation of guardians of the forest, and we’d like to send you a big shoutout and thank you for supporting them!

In our last letter we told you we were working on an online course for young environmental leaders, and today we’d like to share a few more details with you. We’re excited to be in the selection process now, and plan to get started next month. We’ll be sure to tell you how it goes!

Our goal is to deliver a dynamic course for young environmental leaders. We want to encourage, inspire and challenge young people (ages 16-29) to really dive into the issues of biodiversity and climate change, reflect on what they learn, and take concrete steps to do something about it. We're sharing some of the wonderful things they can discover in the forest if they keep their eyes open. And we'll ask them to report back to the group and that way we'll start to build up an active community of young observers, and movers and shakers. 

(And, by the way, since not all of them have access to the internet, we’ll be offering cell phone credit to those in need, so that we can make the course truly inclusive.)

Here’s a sneak peek at what we’ll be covering. Students will meet once a week in the Google Classroom for an intensive session together, and will be required to undertake several activities in their own communities in between classes. Subjects covered will include covid, biodiversity and the environment, personal consumption patterns, culture, social movements and political activism, forests and water, soils, and, for sure, other topics that arise along the way and are of general interest to the group.

Young people across the world are finding their voices and challenging their elders to stop talking and start acting. They’re active over a range of issues, from defending the climate, to education for girls, from protesting against gun violence to tackling authoritarian regimes.

And with your help, we’re doing our part to encourage more of them to step up to the challenge. Thank you, thank you, we couldn’t do it without you!

Talk soon, and in the meantime, much love and please take care,

Marina and the Iracambi Team

PS Before you go, may we ask a quick favor? We’re just launching a funding campaign and we’re looking for regular donors. Could you share our project link with friends, family and colleagues? We’ve got a few nice surprises up our sleeves for our new donors - and we could all use a nice surprise, right?

Tiny things to discover at iracambi
Tiny things to discover at iracambi
Need to find out the name of this one!
Need to find out the name of this one!
And here's something intriguing!
And here's something intriguing!

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Young EcoLeader with her prize
Young EcoLeader with her prize

Dear donors, 

Well, we’re still here, caring for peoples’ health, and really hoping that everything will soon return to a new normal! Our team is back working together (observing strict safety protocols,) but we’re still not able to work directly with the children. 

With the schools closed and no timeline for returning, we are working with the teachers to contribute as best we can to their online activities – which are challenging to both teachers and students alike! 

Our team is helping with the content of the science curriculum by sending fortnightly science lessons which include practical activities for the students to carry out at home. 

Up to now, we’ve sent four leaflets on the following topics: the water cycle, the physical state of materials, living and non-living organisms, and, latterly, naming the parts of a plant. And we gave prizes to students who completed all the activities, to encourage even more students to participate.  

We also produced videos for the Environmental Council in Muriaé to celebrate Earth Day (which, in Brazil, falls in June,) as well as participating in a Facebook live event with a lawyer from the neighboring town of Ervália, to discuss the challenges of protecting our region, the Serra do Brigadeiro. 

Over the past weeks, our team has also taken part in online training and planning to improve the results of our projects. And we’re now sending out a brand new monthly newsletter. Check our latest edition, and please sign up here.  

And lastly, we’re creating an online course for training environmental leaders! We’ll be launching it soon and we plan to start working with the first cohort before the end of the year. The course will be open to youth from across Brazil and will include dynamic content to stimulate participation and practical activities that can be undertaken to mitigate climate change in the different regions. 

We’re hoping devoutly that, by the time we next send you a report, things will have improved and we’ll be safely back at our normal activities. 

And once again, we want to send a big thank you to you all for supporting our project, 

With rainforest love, 

Marina and The Iracambi Team 

Our leaflet about naming the parts of a plant
Our leaflet about naming the parts of a plant
Young EcoLeader with her prize
Young EcoLeader with her prize

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Coordinator Marina in lockdown
Coordinator Marina in lockdown

 

Dear friends and supporters, 

Lockdown!

That’s how we've spent this quarter!

Like people everywhere, we in Brazil are asked to stay home because of the corona virus pandemic. So, as you may suppose our programs have been dramatically curtailed, and so have our income streams! 

With the schools closed, our Reserach Center closed, and everyone on lockdown, we’ve been forced, like so many people, to reevaluate our programs and projects. Our main challenge is how to provide a youth leadership program that will be as inclusive as possible, and will transmit our passion for protecting our forests  -  at a moment when nobody is able to come visit them?

So we’ve been thinking of creative ways of revising our content and delivery. In terms of content we’re focusing more on climate change since it’s easy to see a direct link between habitat destruction and pandemics transmissible from wild animals to humans.  As for our method of delivery – it clearly has to be online, at any rate for the foreseeable future. But in this rural area, although many families do have a cell phone, they have limited air time, and consequently little access to the internet. Our best channel of communication with them is via social media, and their preferred channel of communications is Instagram.   

We've been stepping our postings on social media, and have had some interesting interactions with local youth. We’ve uploaded short videos on climate change, tips for protecting yourself against covid 19, and simple recipes for making household cleaning products and treating coughs and colds (remember that we are in the cool season at present, and that Brazil has been badly affected by the corona virus.)

So a big thank you for continuing to support us and please keep it up - we really need you!

One more thing - we’d love to hear from you if you have any suggestions as to how we can better serve our young people and their families during this difficult time of lockdown.

We hope that you and your family are well, and together we are looking forward to the day when we can put this behind us, and people everywhere will be free to go back and walk in the woods. 

rainforest hugs, and stay safe, 

Marina and the Lockdown (Eco) Leaders 

Social media posts: Atlantic forest monkey
Social media posts: Atlantic forest monkey
Atlantic Forest Week
Atlantic Forest Week
Atlantic Forest Day
Atlantic Forest Day

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teachers falling in love with the forest day
teachers falling in love with the forest day

Dear donors, supporters and friends across the world,

In spite of horrendous rains and flooding we managed to hit the (very muddy) ground running, in preparation for the 2020 school year - which, as you may know, starts After Carnaval. (And Carnaval, in case you missed it, is this week!) 

In fact the school year starts at the beginning of February, but it doesn't really get going until After Carnaval. But the first days of the school year are super important, because this is the time when we have to ensure that our program gets inserted into the school calendar, and the best way to do this is to get the teachers really excited about it.The kids love us to bits, but sometimes we have to work hard to convince the teachers - and that's what we've been focusing on. 

So when we get invited to Staff Training Days, it's our job to ensure that the teachers have a wonderful time and that Staff Training Day becomes Staff Falling in Love with the Forest Day. And our EcoLeaders team has been working with the State Association of Environmental Educators and running around the local schools to make sure that the teachers catch something of the vision. 

Muddy roads, sporadic power cuts, internet outages, we can face them all on our quest to make sure that the teachers understand that sending the students into the forest is far more than an enjoyable outing - although it's that too! So we do what it takes to get the teachers on board, and this year is looking really good. Lots of teachers tell us they're looking forward to hosting us in the classrooms and sending the children into the forest - when the roads improve!  

All of which will be starting as from the next week or so, and school will continue right through the end of the year.

With your help, dear donors, we'll be able to do great things with the 2,000 students that we aim to include in this year's program. Two thousand young champions to help save the world. How exciting is that? 

Thank you for being on this journey with us, and please tell your friends and family, and ask them to tell their networks, and support us if they can! The more young champions we raise, the better the chance for the future of the forests - which affects us all, wherever we live.

And you're always welcome to come visit, if you're ever in our neck of the woods!

with love from Marina and EcoLeaders team

PS Please check out the video link we're enclosing and meet EcoLeader Kalwan!  

Forest Supporters circle
Forest Supporters circle
Widening the circle
Widening the circle

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The end of the year is upon us and here in the forest we’re not short of rain. The trees are overjoyed with the amount of rain that has fallen over the past weeks, which adds to our happiness when we look back at another spectacular year.

The most recent news of the year is really inspiring - we’ve hosted almost a hundred children this past quarter, and our hearts are full of hope to see the new generation that is emergeing with an ever increasing understanding that our environment urgently needs protecting.

In addition to this we also participated in training sessions for local teachers, aimed at encouraging them to give more prominence to environmental issues in their classrooms. Twenty teachers took part in this training, carried out in partnership with the Regional Interagency Commission on Environmental Education.

Project activities this quarter focused on the human body and our relationship with the natural world, students were invited to take off their shoes, lie on the ground and feel the energy connecting them directly with the forest.

As they closed their eyes they could better hear the sounds of the animals in the forest, feel the wind on their faces, and learn that everything in the earth is energy and it’s that which recycles the nutrients in the soil and nourishes the trees. And it’s the energy from plants that feeds us too!

Along with their teachers, the students also learned about the medicinal plants in the forest and their uses according to traditional knowledge, and they painted their faces with anatto, just as our indigenous relatives do. You can imagine what a party it was with all those faces painted!

In this way all the students who visited Iracambi this quarter learned in practice that everything that we do to protect nature is returned to us through the energy and healing powers of plants. So once we know this we begin to understand that, it’s up to us to take better care of Planet Earth, right?

And. following this train of thought, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who support our project and are partners in raising a new generation of young ecoleaders. We’d love to count on your support next year too, and, of course, on Giving Tuesday (December 3nd.)

And so we send you our very best wishes for the holiday season, wishing you the same abundance that the rains are bringing to the forest!

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Iracambi

Location: Rosario da Limeira, MG - Brazil
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Marina Silva
Rosario da Limeira, MG Brazil
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