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    You Know Environment Has Arrived as an Issue in Brazil…

    By Keith R | February 21, 2007

    Topics: Climate Change, Environmental Education, Environmental Protection, Waste & Recycling | No Comments »

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    …when it becomes the theme of samba school parades during Carnaval! Cool

    A Rosas de Ouro float: The Earth is BlueAll 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 Pontes, the first Brazilian astronaut who rode in the Soyuz. The photos here (click to enlarge) are from the many in Terra’s Carnaval 2007 coverage.

    Brazilian astronaut Marcos Pontes in the Rosas de Ouro paradeAnd then there’s the samba school Vai-Vai (which doesn’t translate well, but roughly means “get moving!”), whose theme was recycling. Many of their floats and decorations were made with recycled materials, including old compact discs (CDs). Click on the video to watch the Globo network’s report on how Vai-Vai put together their presentation.

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