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Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira
Environmental Blogger/Writer and PR (Salvador, Brazil)

Diêgo Lôbo, 21, environmental writer and blogger; frustrated oil and gas technical; and Public Relations. Currently, I am working in a non-profit organization with communication, social medias and fundraising. Since I was chosen in a bloggers competition to cover an environmental conference in Germany, I became passionate in blogging in English.I love travelling, learning about new cultures and discussing. Creator and Chief-editor of E esse tal Meio Ambiente? (www.essetalmeioambiente.com) Follow me on twitter: @diegolobo For further infomation: diegolobog@gmail.com

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Planting Trees Can Protect Water

Published 04th February 2011 - 15 comments - 7669 views -

 

I have been away from the discussions lately, and I apologise to my blogger colleagues. In fact, I was busy with some of my other projects. I have not only been discussing, but I believe I have done a bit of my own duty in environmental protection.

I am one of the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy, a group of young people from developing countries who get together to share experiences and discuss about the paths to social and environmental development. The Programe is a partnership between Bayer and the United Nations Environmental Programme - UNEP. The event gathered young people from 18 countries, in Germany, last November. All this exchange is amazing, but it also has a negative impact on the planet.

For this reason, we, the Envoy from Brazil, have decided to compensate the emissions of the finalists and also of the four who had attended the meeting. The seven of us planted 183 seedlings to compensate for our flights and car emissions, the power consumption (lights, air conditioning, etc) and also the paper consumption.

The area chosen for planting was a degraded region next to the stream of the main river that supplies water for part of the city of São Carlos, in São Paulo. Planting trees on the riverbank helps to maintain the water quality, protect the aquatic animals and avoid the erosion of the land. It works like the eyelashes that protect our eyes; it means the trees work like a filter of the pollutants. It is also the habitat of animals and preserves the biodiversity; among other functions. With no vegetation, the soil becomes poor and the water will not be absorbed because there is nothing to prevent runoff. It is also important to remember that, according to this website, a single tree can absorb up to 250 liters of water per day from the soil. Imagine how useful it could be to stop mudslides, floods, etc…

I would like to take this opportunity to suggest for the Think Team, to somehow compensate the emissions of this meeting, no matter if it is planting trees or doing some other initiatives. It is going to be 24 people flying from different places in the world to Portugal, which will produce tons of emissions. I always say we are doing our part while advocating the environmental discussions, the struggle in the defense of human rights, etc… and if there is any other possibility to do more, I am in.


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  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 04th February 2011:

    Thank you Carlos for your words, you are always supporting my projects. You might do not know, but it really inspires our work when somebody says it’s good.

    Gracias!


  • Maria E.R. Mannucci on 04th February 2011:

    Diego! First of all great article..! Also I wanted you to say, that I was one of the winner in the 2008, of the Bayer Young Environmental Program (BEJA) in Venezuela..! It was an important experience and amazing meeting with many persons with the equal think..! :D


  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 04th February 2011:

    @Diego,

    Congratulations on being a Bayer Envoy. I went to Germany once to cover an Envoy’s trip. I know how passionate you envoys could be.


  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 04th February 2011:

    @Maria,
    @Iris

    So you both know how I feel, and how proud I am for being part of this group. The compensation was only our first action, we are planning to do a lot more, and I will certainly let you know.

    @Jacob,

    You are right, we must spread those information. Thanks for your comment.


  • Sylwia Presley on 05th February 2011:

    Brilliant idea, I am really impressed!


  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 05th February 2011:

    @Diego,

    Although let’s not forget that Bayer’s operations, like many pharmaceutical companies, also harm the environment big time. Maybe these envoy projects they have are one way to compensate. I have seen how important the envoy’s projects are.


  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 05th February 2011:

    @Iris,

    I must agree with you. In fact, I was waiting more reactions in relation to bayer’s impact to the planet. As many other companies with that size, it has an impact… but what I think that counts is what they do in order to compensate… and the recognition of young’s projects is a remarkable work.


  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 05th February 2011:

    @Diego,

    Let’s hope that the envoy project would indeed compensate for Bayer’s wastes around the planet. Their issues are tremendous—there’s also genetically modified rice but that’s another story all together. Don’t get me wrong. I admire the envoys and I’ve seen how passionate they are—at least in the batch I’ve covered. I know you all mean well.


  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 22nd February 2011:

    @Iris,
    haha… Do not worry, I got your point. And I have been always aware about what they do, but as my teacher said, as I know they do some of these stuff, this is exactly the place I should be!


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