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Virada Sustentável 2019 Event Promotes Sustainability in Favelas and Peripheries

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Right now, from October 17 to 20, Rio de Janeiro is hosting another edition of Virada Sustentável (Sustainable Turn), an annual sustainable lifestyle event that takes place in cities throughout Brazil, bringing together people, groups, and public and private institutions, all centered on the common principle of sustainability. This year’s activities, hosted in locations around the city, feature a number of members of the Sustainable Favela Network (SFN)* that works to strengthen and multiply socio-environmental initiatives in Rio favelas, strengthening favelas’ potential as part of a sustainable urban future. SFN members will be holding events as part of the festival’s scheduled program. Check out topics, locations, and times below, and be sure to share!

In Babilônia

Date: Saturday, October 19

Location: Tia Percília School – Babilônia, Ladeira Ary Barroso, 66 – Leme
9am to 12pm – Hike in Babilônia
10am to 2pm – Plants, seedlings, gardens, and plazas
11am to 1pm – Mural painting at the School of Urban Art
11am to 1pm – Babilônia Residents’s Association Artistic Photography Exposition

Location: Espaço Jardim Babilônia, Rua Santo Amaro, 4 – Leme
12pm to 2pm – Food Sensory Analysis with Regina Tchelly (with Favela Orgânica)
2pm to 4pm – Workshop on nostalgic gastronomy (with Favela Orgânica)

Location: Deck da Babilônia, R. São Francisco, 5 – Leme
9am to 10am – Yoga & Ecology
9am to 10am – Zumba
11am to 12pm – Storytelling for kids
11am to 2pm – Favelas and Solar Energy (with Revolusolar)
2pm to 3:30pm – Discussion: Sustainable development in favelas with freedom and security
3:30pm to 5pm – Discussion: Access to electricity in favelas (with Revolusolar, Insolar, and Engineers Without Borders)

In Salgueiro

Date: Saturday, October 19
(click here for the day’s full program)

Location: Jurema Gomes Baptista Community Library
9am – Breakfast and discussion with the Mulheres Erveiras do Salgueiro
11am – Planting with reused materials workshop

Location: Caliel Bakery
2pm – Seed and seedling exchange fair

Location: Quadra Raízes do Salgueiro, Rua Francisco Graça, 39 – Tijuca
3pm – Domestic compost workshop
5pm – Bike trip to Praça Mauá to visit seed and seedling exchange fair

In Sepetiba

Location: Praça Washington Luís – Sepetiba

Date: Saturday, October 19
8:30am to 12pm – Ecoturism and recognition tour (with Ecomuseu de Sepetiba)

In Santa Cruz

Location: Rua do Matadouro, 43 – Santa Cruz

Date: Friday: October 18
2pm to 4pm – Rediscovering Princess Isabel Palace (with Ecomuseu de Santa Cruz | NOPH – Núcleo de Orientação e Pesquisa Histórica de Santa Cruz)

Fórum Rio (with Casa Fluminense)
Location: NGO SerCidadão – Rua Fernanda, 140 – Santa Cruz

Date: Friday, October 18
11am to 12:30pm – The Fluminense Window | New perspectives on the Rio metropolis (with Imagens do PovoFavela em Foco, and the Observatório de Favelas)
11am to 12:30pm – Santa Cruz 2030 | Articulation for territorial development
2pm to 3:45pm – Access to high school and opportunities for youth
2pm to 3:45pm – Strengthening local organizations and movements I | Social justice philanthrophy
2am to 3:45pm – Culture systems | Participation and management of political culture
4pm to 5:30pm – Popular Youth, Universities, and Rio regional development
4pm to 5:30pm – Religious freedom | Respect my sanctity

Date: Saturday, October 19
11am to 12:30pm – Book launch: Não foi em vão
11am to 12:30pm – Alternative media and big media: is cooperation possible? (with Voz da Baixada)
2pm to 3:30pm – Democracy, social participation, and 2020 elections
2pm to 3:30pm – Sepetiba Bay | Basic sanitation and health in the West Zone  (with Ecomuseu de Sepetiba e Baía Viva)
2pm to 3:30pm – Climate change and flooding in Rio
4pm to 5:30pm – Is a different public security model possible? (with Redes da Maré)
4pm to 5:30pm – Samba and Funk | Criminalization and resistance in Rio black culture

At the Casa Firjan (Botafogo)

Location: Casa Firjan – Rua Guilhermina Guinle, 211 – Botafogo

Date: Friday, October 18
4pm to 7:30pm – Public security (with Coletivo Papo Reto)

Date: Saturday, October 19
1:30pm to 3pm – The potency of favelas in the city (with Vai Na Web, Reciclação e Revolusolar)

In Complexo do Alemão

Location: Vila Olímpica Carlos Castilho, Estrada de Itararé 460 – Ramos

Date: Sunday, October 20

11am to 1pm – Human engineering | Rainwater capture workshop (with Engineers Without Borders)
12pm to 2pm – Human engineering | Reused oil-to-soap workshop (with Engineers Without Borders)
2pm to 5pm – Human engineering | Chat on urban mobility + Bike workshop (with Engineers Without Borders)

In Cantagalo

Location: Favela Hub – Morro do Cantagalo, Rua Alberto de Campos, 12

Date: Thursday, October 17
9am to 12pm – Natural hair workshop

Date: Friday, October 18
9am to 1pm – Natural and vegan makeup workshop
10am to 6pm – Holistic entrepreneurs fair
6pm to 7pm – “Nós, Sementes” performance (with Teatre-Se)

Date: Saturday, October 19
10am to 5pm – Borogodó fair
11am – Discussions: Social entrepreneurship, Female entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing
1pm – Workshops: Social business modeling, Project tools

In Ecocasa Silvestre (Santa Teresa/Cosme Velho)

Location: Ecocasa Silvestre – Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 5025 – Santa Teresa/Silvestre
Click here for the full program.

Date: Friday, October 18
8am to 12pm – Group clean-up in the Tijuca forest

Date: Saturday, October 19
8am to 12pm – Group clean-up in the Tijuca forest
9am to 11am – Intro to agroforestry: Experience and discussion
10am to 5pm – Zen space
10am to 5pm – Green market: Fertilizer, domestic compost, organic products
10am to 5pm – Sustainable entrepreneur fair
2pm to 4pm – Intro to agroforestry: Experience and production of instant substrate
3pm to 5pm – Workshop on ecological sanitation
4pm to 6pm – Intro to agroforestry: Seedling workshop
5pm to 8pm – Voice and guitar with Glad Azevedo

Date: Sunday, October 20
8am to 12pm – Group clean-up in the Tijuca forest
9am to 11am – Intro to agroforestry: Experience and discussion
9:30am to 11:30am – Domestic compost workshop
10am to 11am – Medicinal herbs
10am to 5pm – Zen space
10am to 5pm – Green market: Fertilizer, domestic compost, organic products
10am to 5pm – Sustainable entrepreneur fair
2pm to 4pm – Intro to agroforestry: Experience and production of instant substrate
4pm to 6pm – Intro to agroforestry: Seedling workshop
5pm to 8pm – Music at the Ecocasa

Check out the entire Virada Sustentável program here.

*Both the Sustainable Favela Network and RioOnWatch are projects of Catalytic Communities.