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    A Free Online Library of Environmental Education Videos / Filmes para Educação Ambiental Grátis na Internet

    Saturday, March 24th, 2007

    This week the Brazilian Environment Ministry (MMA) announced the creation of an online “videoteca” (video library) of environmental education videos that have been made over the years with funding from the National Environment Fund (FNMA). The videos are free for download and use for non-commercial purposes. The first tranche of 80 videos and animations can […]

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    Should Environment PSA’s be Obligatory?

    Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

    How many Americans out there remember the “crying Indian” anti-litter public service announcement (PSA) released in the US television market in 1971 and shown for several years? Did it have an impact on you? Did you start thinking before littering, or get more aggressive in stopping others from littering? I certainly remember it well. The […]

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    Attention Eco-designers! Eco-diseñadores, ¡atención! Eco-desenhistas, atenção!

    Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

    For those interested in eco-design in a developing country context in general, or in sustainable design for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in particular, listen up! The First International Symposium on Sustainable Design (ISSD), slated for Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil 04-06 September 2007, has issued a call for papers and speakers. Those wishing to present […]

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    LAC Attitudes About Climate Change, Revisited

    Friday, March 9th, 2007

    In a recent entry I noted the surprising findings in an ACNielsen global consumer attitude survey regarding “global warming” — that Latin Americans were among the most aware and most concerned about global climate change. At that point all I had to go on were press reports. Ever wary about the media “getting it right” […]

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    New Environmental Caucus in Brazilian Congress

    Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

    A Sign of the Times? On Valentine’s Day in Brasilia a large group of Federal Deputies, with top officials from the Environment Ministry (including Minister Marina Silva), the President of the Chamber of Deputies Arlindo Chinaglia [Workers’ Party (PT) – São Paulo (SP)], and representatives of several key environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) by their side, […]

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    You Know Environment Has Arrived as an Issue in Brazil…

    Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

    …when it becomes the theme of samba school parades during Carnaval! All joking aside, two of São Paulo’s well-known samba schools picked environmental themes for this year’s Carnaval march. Rosas de Ouro (“Golden Roses”) picked “The Planet is Blue” (A Terra é Azul) to popularize the global warming issue. Their honorary grand marshal was Marcos […]

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    Trash Photos VIII: More Christmas Trees Made from Recyclables

    Monday, November 27th, 2006

    I’ve found some interesting examples of elementary school competitions in Brazil getting classes to construct Christmas trees from recyclable packaging waste — whether plastic bottles (whole or sliced up), plastic bags, metal cans, or even aseptic drink boxes (Tetra brik). They are, of course, accompanied by discussion with the kids of the different materials, why […]

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    Videos Sobre el Uso Eficiente de Energia en el Hogar / Videos Sobre o Uso Eficiente de Energía na Casa

    Saturday, November 11th, 2006

    Video Chileno Sobre el Uso Eficiente de Energía en el Hogar (haga clic en el imagen para ver) (Sugiero especialmente hacer clic en las terceras y cuartas secciones, “Cómo Perdemos Energía y Como Evitarlo” y “Repasemos Jugando”) Vídeo Brasileiro Sobre o Uso Eficiente de Energía na Casa (faz clic no imagem para ver; depois faz […]

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    Eye on Ads: E-Waste

    Sunday, November 5th, 2006

    The materials provided below — the video and examples of posters — were developed for a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) campaign on waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or “e-waste” or “e-scrap”) by a group of Emerson University graduate students who called themselves the “Mixed Greens.” Although none of these materials are […]

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    Clean Shores I: International Coastal Clean-Up Day in LAC

    Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

    ICC in St. Maarten / Photo: Rajesh Chintaman In my prior series on protecting coral reefs, I underlined the importance of keeping coastlines and coastal waters clear of trash/debris. In this first segment of a two parter on “clean shores,” I will examine the efforts of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to sensitize the public around the […]

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