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
Environmental Leader Sheila getting to work
Environmental Leader Sheila getting to work

Dear donors,

Well, we all made it through 2020 and here are our best wishes to all of you for 2021 - may it bring us hope, health and happiness! And before we go any further, we want to send you all a great big thank you for your support over the year, and for your magnificent response to our cri de coeur at year end! Thanks to each one of you we are able to cover our estimated budget for 2021, and we’d never have made it without you!

And now for our education plans for 2021. Last year was difficult for all of us, and I can’t tell you how much we missed having the schoolkids on site, and watching their excitement as they made new discoveries and learned to feel more at home in the forest environment.

But, like everyone, we pivoted, and, as you may remember, we set up an online course for environmental leaders, which turned out to be a great success. One of the students, Sheila, was so excited by what she had learned on the course that she took a four-hour bus journey to Iracambi to help out with the tree planting! She also came up with some terrific ideas for future courses, and we’re finalizing our content for the next one - which we plan to run next month. (January is traditionally holiday time in Brazil, and most people aren’t mentally prepared to study before February!)

Education is so important to us that it’s a part of everything that we do at Iracambi: from hosting young people like Sheila who want to play their part in restoring the rainforest, to the conversations we have with farm families on planting days, to discussions at community meetings and councils, and of course to our program for volunteers and researchers which we’re really hoping to resume over the next few months.

So we can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for us all, and our dearest wish is to be able to get the schoolkids back here before too long. We're determined not to let them miss out because of covid19! 

Please take care of yourselves, better times are a-coming!

With much rainforest love from Yasmin and the Iracambi team

Come back EcoLeaders, we miss you!
Come back EcoLeaders, we miss you!
See you back here soon, EcoLeaders!
See you back here soon, EcoLeaders!

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The children we can't reach for now
The children we can't reach for now

Hey there, lovely donors!

I bet you’re as ready to say goodbye to 2020 as we are down here in the rainforest?

It was a weird year for our education program. But it taught us a lot. We learned that millions of kids in the developing world who miss school for an extended period of time may never go back. So when our local schools reopen at some point in 2021 we need to redouble our efforts to help the children to catch up.  

On the positive side we were able to run a highly successful online course for environmental leaders, which we plan to continue in 2021, in addition to in-person schooling when that resumes. 

And before we go any further, we want to share another item of good news. Thanks to you all, and despite the challenges of 2020, we have almost made our 2021 budget, and if you’re able to help us nail it, we’ll be forever grateful!

And here is a tip from the taxman.

If you are a US tax payer, this year the IRS is allowing you to make non itemized tax deductible donations of up to $300 to non-profits before midnight on 12/31! You can, of course, also make larger, itemized donations.

UK tax payers can also qualify for tax relief – don’t forget to check the GiftAid box on the donation page!

Europeans, Australians, Canadians, Asians, Africans and South Americans, we’re sorry to say, don’t appear to get any tax relief. Just a warm feeling from knowing you’ve done your part to educate the next generation who are going to inherit this beautiful planet.

And as we look back  at 2020. the first thing to say is that we are totally humbled by your generosity. Although we never completely despaired, there were times in the year when we seriously wondered how we were going to make it through.

Like you, we learned to live with uncertainty. We learned to pivot and adapt. We learned to rely on one another. And the most important thing we discovered?

That we’re all in this together, and that together we’ll make it through. We’re going to help those kids catch up on their schooling, because we're in the business of raising a new generation of environmental leaders, right? 

Goodbye, 2020. Goodbye, dear donors. Stay safe, and we’ll see you in 2021. May it bring us all new hope, new life, and renewed courage.

With much love from the whole Iracambi community.

The forest path waiting for the kids
The forest path waiting for the kids
The Forest House all ready for the kids
The Forest House all ready for the kids

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Environmental Leadership Course
Environmental Leadership Course

Olá dear donors!

How are you doing in these crazy last weeks of this crazy year? It’s certainly been a wild ride, but we’re still here, and we absolutely wouldn’t be if it wasn’t for our wonderful supporters and donors from around the world! So we want to send a great big thank you to all of you.

We couldn’t do it without you.

And now we want to introduce you to our first cohort of Environmental Leaders.

First a confession. They course was designed for youth:16-29. But when we advertised it on social media we forgot to include that fact, so, when we subsequently introduced the age range, we had incredibly strong pushback from potential participants saying that we should include young people of all ages. And we did! 

We had students from four of the five regions of Brazil, ages ranging from 18 - 60 something. Teachers were a mixture of university professors, Iracambi staff and practitioners. We met on Google Meet and posted lots of activities in the Google Classroom. Course modules were: 

  • Introduction to Iracambi
  • Climate change and what we can do about it 
  • Covid and its effects on the environment
  • Soils and degradation
  • Culture, social movements and community leaders
  • Public policy and popular participation
  • Forests and water
  • Closing session, group feedback and next steps.

The course was a huge success and there's already demand for a followup course, a repeat of the first course, and also a course in English!.

We were really pumped by the enthusiastic reaction from the students, and particularly happy to learn from one of the younger students that her first introduction to rainforest science had been as a member of the Young EcoLeaders program! 

Next year we're hoping to have the schoolkids back AND continue with online courses - how exciting is that?  

In the meantime, so many thanks for your support. It's been a challenging year, but thanks to you, we're still here! 

Blessings, take care, and rainforest love from 

Yasmin and the Iracambi team 

PS. Stop press! One of our Environmental Leaders just took a four hour bus ride to join us at Iracambi and help with the tree planting!  

Homework
Homework
Some of the participants (not all had cameras!)
Some of the participants (not all had cameras!)

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Giving Tuesday EcoLeader
Giving Tuesday EcoLeader

Olá, dear donors! 

Today’s the day! It’s Giving Tuesday! How exciting is that? We all finally get the chance to give back!

Reach out to someone - even if it's virtually or on the phone. Donate supplies to someone in need. Say a big thank you to a frontline worker, give someone a surprise gift. Support a cause you believe in. Donate to your favorite non profit. Whatever you do to make the world a little brighter, today's the day!    

A quick reminder that Giving Tuesday starts today, December 1st at 00.00.00 ET and runs through 23:59:59 ET on December 1st. So wherever we are in the world, we’ll all be able to make our donations during daylight hours.

And here's an amazing bonus. This year, GlobalGiving has an incentive fund of ONE MILLION DOLLARS to be divided proportionately among all GlobalGiving partners, according to the amount they raise. So each organization will get a share of the pot, and the money will be allocated at the end of the day. (Which means that we don’t have to worry about matching funds running out before some of us in far flung corners of the world are even out of bed.)

Last year Iracambi raised $11,617 on Giving Tuesday and this year we’re aiming to do even better. So please, if you can, donate to this project and help us Save more Forests and Change more Lives! And please post on your social media and alert all colleagues, friends and family and let’s see if we can make this that best Giving Tuesday ever, OK?

We can’t tell you how grateful we are for your support – this has been a challenging year for us all. Here at Iracambi we had to close the Center to our students, with the result that our income was reduced by almost one third. In fact, if it hadn't been for you, our generous donors, we might have had to close our doors. So we're giving thanks for you all! 

Sending lots of rainforest love and a big virtual hug from

The Iracambi team  

PS Hot off the press: we started our online environmental leadership course last week and it's turning out to be such a success that we're already planning to hold more courses and reach more people. We'll tell you all about it in our next letter.   

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Living or non-living?
Living or non-living?

Hello, dear donors!

I hope you continue safe and well? Please take care of yourselves – the world needs good people!

And before we start, here's a headsup. It's just two weeks to Giving Tuesday and this year GlobalGiving has a million dollars in matching funds to stretch your donation! So please alert your friends, colleagues and rich uncles to donate to Iracambi and let's make this the best Giving Tuesday ever, OK?  

And now for the inside scoop on what's been happening in environmental education at Iracambi since we last wrote. Exciting news - today is the day we launch our online environmental leadership course, hooray, hooray! We'll tell you more about it in our next letter. (Just a quick hint, we have seventy people signed up, and this week we’ll be giving an introduction to Iracambi, talking a little bit about our work in the rainforest, and then tackling one of the big elephants in the room: climate change!)

But before we report back on that, we wanted to give you a quick look at another of the online science classes that we've been sending out to local schoolkids during this time of lockdown. And the feedback has been super positive.  

This one is about Ecosystems. See how you get on with it!

We start by explaining about the ecosystem. It consists of living and non-living elements, right? So, how do we define living organisms? (We'll introduce the terms biotic and abiotic later on.) 

* They have a life cycle – they are born and they die.

* They interact and collaborate among themselves. (Yuval Harari, author of Homo Sapiens, points out that this is one of the characteristics that has enabled humans to survive.)

* And lastly, they depend not only on other living organisms, but also on non-living elements. 

And then we gave examples of living organisms: humans, horses, sloths, armadillos, chickens, as well as plants: trees, bananas, and palm trees.

After that, we talked about non-living elements and explained the differences.

They don’t have a life cycle, they don’t interact and collaborate among themselves, and they exist independently. Examples we gave are water, air, rocks and soil. We showed some pictures and asked the children to divide them up into living organisms and non-living elements. And then we asked if they knew that we live in the Atlantic Rainforest – one of the richest ecosystems in the world! We asked them to color in the living organisms and mark an X against the non-living elements in the picture.

It was a fun lesson, and the kids really enjoyed it! And in our next letter we'll report back on our online course, OK? 

In the meantime please stay safe, and thank you for supporting us as we support the EcoLeaders who will be the future guardians of the planet! 

With love from Marina, Yasmin and the Iracambi team 

What makes up an ecosystem?
What makes up an ecosystem?
is this one living or non-living?
is this one living or non-living?

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