Goals

We’re a small group of dedicated Brazilians and New Yorkers who are working towards a future where people live in abundance in harmony with nature.  We need to 1. learn how to best do that, 2. teach others how to do it, and 3. actually do it.

Here are some of the areas where we would like to focus our attention.  Detailed descriptions of individual programs will be posted as they are developed.  Info on how to volunteer, donate, or otherwise contribute won’t be far behind.

In Chapada:

• Reforestation and land rehabilitation
• Promotion of solar energy in the region.  None of our neighbors want to disturb the beauty of the area, but it is only a matter of time before there is a “need” for power lines.  The sooner there are viable alternatives the better.
• For those neighbors intent on building homes in the area, share permaculture building knowledge
• Start a composting program in São Jorge
• Refine our understanding, through practice, experimentation, and accumulation of research, of which techniques work best in the Cerrado region (which plants and planting methods are best, which building methods, which water capture methods, etc.)
• Promotion of ecologically and socially sustainable livelihoods:  demonstrate how responsible forest stewardship can be financially self-sustaining.  This might be accomplished through medicinal plants, eco tourism, carbon offsets, bamboo, edible forest gardens, responsible rubber tapping, etc.
• Building communities – through our networking of the experienced, inexperienced, those in the local community, and those who just want to spend some time basking in nature

In New York:

• Raise awareness of sustainability issues and offer resources for change for the urban environment
• Encourage personal growth and a mutually enriching relationship with the earth through outdoor education and wilderness activities (in both the urban environment and near-distance rural New York)
• Build communities and connect them (through hands on participation) to sustainable systems
• Connect capital to sustainable systems
• Collaborate with and support existing green-NY communities and organizations (especially those interested in Transition Town LES)
• Connect volunteers in NY with local projects where their skills and energy can be put to use
• Practice and teach permaculture farming techniques both in the urban environment and in near-distance rural New York