bordering young people participate in Giant Igarapé awareness project in the district Redemption

22 th August 2017 - Activity is part of the Knowledge Exchange, event that brings 34 students for a week of discussions and thematic visits

Students of Interchange Project Reusa, the Redemption | Photo: Net Santos

For those born surrounded by the beauty of the great rivers of the Amazon rainforest, know the waters of the Amazon capital can be a shocking experience. In last Tuesday (15), that was the feeling of 34 young riparian that they met the Giant Igarapé, Redemption in neighborhood, as part of the activities of the Knowledge Exchange promoted by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), Secretary of State for Education and Teaching Quality (Seduc-AM), com apoio da Samsung.

"I thought people in the city had a greater awareness and the Giant Igarapé was a clean place, but the smell is awful, It is very dirty. It was shocking ", comments Thaimy Beach, 17 years, Community Puna, on Sustainable Development Reserve (Reserve) Mamirauá, a 632 km of Manaus

Thaimy is leading a group of recycling in the community where he lives and came to London to participate for the first time the Knowledge Exchange, that aims at training young leaders through engagement around environmental conservation and improving the quality of life in communities and reserves where they live.

"The intention of the visit was to promote an exchange between two very different realities. The boys all live in the banks of rivers, but theirs is clean and the Redemption is polluted. They could see the contrast of realities, talk to local leaders and realize how important it is to take care of the rivers where they live ", says Laura Candelaria, Coordinator of FAS Knowledge Exchange.

In the visit to the district Redemption, students met the Revitalization Program Amazon Sustainable Urban (Reus), and talked with the project leaders RIP RAP Art, as D. Maria Cristina Pereira, who perform revitalization actions of Igarapé.

"They told us the story of the Giant Igarapé, how he was clean, had fish and birds sang here, just like today is the Rio Aripuana, where I live. And it may be that today I'm living the same story they, and it scares me ", said Elias Capistrano, 14 years, coming from Boa Frente community, in Juma.

Elias, talk to the leaders of the project will bring a message of awareness to the residents of the region where you live.

"Many people who visit the Juma speak for us care for the river, but I never took it seriously. After this visit I will be able to take photos and talk to the community about what happened here to which our river does not have this future ", ends.

Exchange of experiences

Durante uma semana, the collective will participate in workshops, visitas e discussões voltadas para a Agenda 2030 for the UN Sustainable Development. A Agenda é composta pelos 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDSN), in the pursuit of overcoming global challenges with bold and transformative measures in a sustainable way.

In the opening event, collective begin talks on the issue with the display of videos produced by the students in the communities, as well as an exchange of "sustainable gifts" between the collective. The week also begins with a conversation with the journalist Rodrigo Hidalgo, creator of the project "Wild Manaus", and a meeting with bloggers pro Mato Ball in the Amazon Arena.

"This moment of exchange between them is extremely important to improve their potential and realize the power of change that they have together. The goal of this year is just to strengthen youth leadership network, which began with the creation of collective communities ", Flores said Nathalia, Coordinator of Education and Health Program (PES) FAS.

The visit to the Revitalization Program Amazon Sustainable Urban (Reus), Redemption in neighborhood, It is one of the activities. Conceived by FAS and partners after the upset of 2016, the reuse aims to develop cost-effective solutions to ecological restoration and sustainable urbanization with urban communities of high social and environmental and economic vulnerability.