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.