Forests in the spotlights: From TED Talks to REDD+ Talks

Two weeks ago, TED Global came to Rio de Janeiro. Four days in a row, speakers tried to enchant the audience with their stories on a variety of topics. Ranging from the future of the indigenous people in Brazil to the development of an encrypted email program for secure communication; Journalists, activists, scientists and artists all tried to squeeze the maximum out of their 3 till 18 minutes of … [Read more...]

The impact of Megaevents in Brazil, from World Cup to Olympics

Yesterday ten thousands of Germans celebrated their victory over Argentina. It was the last in a row of games and massive excitement, the finals of the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. It brings an end to a much disputed event. Now that it is over, all eyes are already on the next event. The day of the finals it was the headline of the Brazilian newspaper Globo: “Faltam 754 dias para as Olimpíadas”, … [Read more...]

Seminar on Sustainable Development 2014

Last week I attended a 3-day seminar in the center of Rio de Janeiro. The goal of the seminar was to stimulate the debate around the challenges related to the sustainable development agenda in Brazil, including the establishment of the new UN goals and issues related to the strategies of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an international platform which was launched by the … [Read more...]

Sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro

One of the main benefits of living in Rio de Janeiro is that you have access to all the resources and activities that a big city has to offer, while also having nature surrounding you. From my window I have a good view over Copacabana beach and the sea, Sugar Loaf Mountain and some other green hills. However, I came to realise how all that beauty is in danger. The blue waters look spectacular, but … [Read more...]

Never mind technology, keep it simple

Technology allows us to do magnificent things. Medical operations are executed with minuscule precision and we can travel around the world within a few days. We increase our efficiency by automation, and decrease it by being addicted to social media and smartphones. New technologies allow for travels, mass production and scientific discoveries. Yet, sometimes it is essential to take a step back, … [Read more...]