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From an Endangered Rainforest to Your Garbage Can and Toilet

Who’d have known that the “genetically improved” Eucalyptus plantations near our organic reforestation projects were supported by an international NGO in partnership with Monsanto, paper and aluminum industries? These new trees reforesting the area provide pulp for toilet paper and diapers while the aluminum mines nearby wrap your hot dogs.

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GMO Corn and Trees Replace a Rainforest

After spending the last three and a half months in Brazil, I am silently processing what I discovered: GMO corn and eucalyptus trees are rapidly replacing the most diverse rainforest on the planet.

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Trees of Transformation – a video book

Trees of Transformation is the first in a series of wake up storybooks about the people who are taking a stand for Nature in the midst of corporate giants. One of those people is Alana Lea, who became a voice…

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Reforestation in Rio

This week I welcomed an invitation to hike through Floresta da Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world. Turns out it’s one of the most successful reforestation projects on the planet, right here, within the city of Rio de…

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FRED talk > TED talk – I’m Talking to YOU about Replanting a Degraded Rainforest

TED talks are my absolute favorite form of edutainment, so when I was invited to speak at a Los Angeles Fred Talk in December, I was one happy Brazilian! FRED is based on TED…and the similarity in names is no…

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Synchronicity + Innovation + Joy = SINAL

What happens when Synchronicity, Innovation and Joy meet? SINAL stands for Synchronicity (Sincronismo in Portuguese), Innovation (Inovação) and Joy (Alegria). It’s a living laboratory nestled within the Atlantic Rainforest less than hour outside of the city of Rio de Janeiro….

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#Rio+20 – We must stop treating our rivers, forests and mountains as property…

“We must stop treating our rivers, forests and mountains as property. And now, more than ever, as we face climate change, it is time to raise our ambitions to the level that science and the natural world demands. We are…

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Severn Cullis Suzuki Calls Climate Change a Crime

Severn Cullis Suzuki was the most memorable voice at the original Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Now a youth advocate for intergenerational justice, she says climate change is a crime. “Lifting human consciousness to become champions for a world that…

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Yes! YES!

I LOVE it that in a year when the news on tv sounded like a doomsday movie script, that we occupied fear and anger and resentment against injustice, that we also increased our giving back to the earth by 300% — at least in one little corner of it…

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How Steve Jobs Answered My Email

This is the how Steve Jobs answered my email. At 9:35am on September 2, 2011, I forwarded an article entitled: Steve Jobs, World’s Greatest Philanthropist from the Harvard Business Review, to the WeForest founder, Bill Liao, with the question, “Do…

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