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The second Plant-for-the-Planet Academy in Brazil

10.01.2018

The​ ​Academies​ ​of​ ​Plant-for-the-Planet​ ​was​ ​considered​ ​by​ ​Fundação​ ​Renova​ ​a​ ​great solution​ ​to​ ​prepare​ ​the​ ​generation​ ​which​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​inherit​ ​their​ ​work.​ ​That’s​ ​why​ ​on​ ​August 19th​ ​the​ ​city​ ​of​ ​Mariana​ ​hosted​ ​our​ ​first​ ​Academy​ ​in​ ​the​ ​region.​ ​Totally​ ​we​ ​had​ ​94 participants​ ​from​ ​28​ ​local​ ​schools​ ​and​ ​some​ ​social​ ​projects,​ ​including​ ​participants​ ​with mental​ ​illnesses.​ ​For​ ​this​ ​Academy,​ ​a​ ​group​ ​of​ ​five​ ​youngsters​ ​from​ ​Mariana​ ​were​ ​prepared to​ ​host​ ​the​ ​activities.​ ​They​ ​adapted​ ​the​ ​presentation​ ​to​ ​their​ ​own​ ​reality​ ​and​ ​also​ ​the​ ​World Game,​ ​where​ ​they​ ​also​ ​reproduced​ ​the​ ​game​ ​in​ ​a​ ​map​ ​of​ ​their​ ​state,​ ​with​ ​infos​ ​about​ ​their regional​ ​population,​ ​money​ ​distribution​ ​and​ ​CO2​ ​emissions.​ ​It​ ​was​ ​a​ ​great​ ​way​ ​to​ ​approach the​ ​children​ ​to​ ​the​ ​topic.

                                      

In​ ​the​ ​World​ ​Café​ ​and​ ​Project​ ​sessions​ ​they​ ​created​ ​three​ ​projects.​ ​One​ ​was​ ​about​ ​how​ ​to improve​ ​the​ ​recycling​ ​in​ ​the​ ​city.​ ​The​ ​second​ ​was​ ​a​ ​project​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​public​ ​tree​ ​nursery​ ​for the​ ​city​ ​and​ ​the​ ​last​ ​one​ ​was​ ​a​ ​project​ ​to​ ​organize​ ​task​ ​forces​ ​to​ ​plant​ ​one​ ​million​ ​trees​ ​in​ ​the regions​ ​impacted​ ​by​ ​the​ ​disaster.​ ​After​ ​the​ ​presentations,​ ​they​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​integrate​ ​all​ ​the projects:​ ​a​ ​tree​ ​nursery​ ​made​ ​with​ ​recycled​ ​materials​ ​(like​ ​plastic​ ​bottles)​ ​and​ ​the​ ​trees produced​ ​there​ ​are​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​used​ ​for​ ​the​ ​one​ ​million​ ​trees​ ​planting​ ​in​ ​the​ ​next​ ​three​ ​years. The​ ​mayor​ ​of​ ​Mariana,​ ​Mr.​ ​Duarte​ ​Junior,​ ​was​ ​there​ ​and​ ​already​ ​offered​ ​an​ ​area​ ​to​ ​the ambassadors​ ​for​ ​the​ ​tree​ ​nursery.

            
 Because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​logistic,​ ​the​ ​tree​ ​planting​ ​was​ ​organized​ ​in​ ​a​ ​second​ ​day​ ​-​ ​September​ ​2nd.​ ​In this​ ​day​ ​each​ ​ambassador​ ​planted​ ​one​ ​tree​ ​with​ ​a​ ​plate​ ​with​ ​their​ ​names.​ ​The​ ​trees​ ​were​ ​a Ipê,​ ​a​ ​native​ ​tree​ ​from​ ​Brazil.​ ​The​ ​​chosen area​​ ​is​ ​a​ ​famous​ ​walking​ ​and​ ​jogging​ ​area.​ So the​ ​inhabitants​ ​are​ ​going​ ​to​ ​have​ ​more​ ​shadows​ ​for​ ​practice​ ​their​ ​sports​ ​with​ ​these​ ​trees.  

            
 The​ ​new​ ​ambassadors​ ​are​ ​already​ ​talking​ ​about​ ​creating​ ​their​ ​own club​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​their​ ​project. The​ ​Academy​ ​had​ ​a​ ​great​ ​regional​ ​media​ ​coverage​ ​and​ ​because​ ​of​ ​that,​ ​some​ ​neighbor cities​ ​are​ ​already​ ​in​ ​contact​ ​asking​ ​for​ ​Academies​ ​there.

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