Militant Cultural Ecology
Communication - Culture - Community

Por Joaquim Moura

    Since 1976, I have been dedicated to projects to raise awareness of the social and environmental problems that afflict us - and their most appropriate solutions.
    For that, I wrote several articles in the main newspapers and magazines of Rio, Brasília and São Paulo, and implemented concrete initiatives that had their influence in this process of social awareness.
    These initiatives have had wide repercussions in the media, thus introducing new and inspiring insights.     Now it is necessary to deepen and generalize the discussion and get to work for the transformation of Brazil ...
    Below is the list of 84 articles written by me or about me and my initiatives, always on ecology, agriculture, nutrition, health, youth development, community organization and cultural issues related to our future.
   The translation of all thematic editions of the Urban Agriculture Magazine into Portuguese is another way of raising society's awareness of what can be done to improve their living conditions.

Statistics on published articles
O Globo = 20 Jornal do Brasil = 27
Correio Braziliense = 20 Jornal de Brasília = 4 Estado de São Paulo = 1
Veja (weekly magazine) = 1 Isto É (weekly magazine) = 2 Pasquim (weekly tabloid) = 2 Other commercial Brazilian newspapers = 11
Of these 85 articles, listed below, the 29 whose titles are written in CAPITALS are my own (but not always the titles ...). The titles in blue are linked to the original articles.

Shadows on a clear day
Jornal do Brasil - (Rio de Janeiro) - 1 Aug. 1978
Chronicle written by Carlos Drummond de Andrade, the most important Brazilian poet-philosopher of XX century (1900/1986), about my first practical efforts through the media to awaken the population, government, artists, journalists, etc.  At the time, Jornal do Brasil was the most prestigious newspaper in Rio.

In the Caparaó Sierra
Correio Braziliense (Brasilia) - Aug. 22, 1978
Article written by the award-winning journalist Bebé Prates, in the main newspaper of Brasilia (Brazilian capital), about my option to live in the interior, researching the community way of cultivating the ground and educating the children.

Correio Braziliense (Brasilia) - Set. 1978
In this article (full page), I have explained why I was living in a small farm with some friends, researching the ecological technologies that will (or would) cure the soil and the people in the future. And give everyone a job.
This article made me receive many letters from readers agreeing with my considerations

The Prophets of Mother Nature
A Tribuna (Vitoria) - Sept. 17, 1978
In this long article (another full page), I - and the companions who lived with me - were interviewed to explain to the population why we had exchanged the easy life in Rio de Janeiro for the "hard work" in our little kibbutz.

Beijo (Rio de Janeiro) - Sept. 17, 1978
Invited by the Superior School of Industrial Design - where I had studied - I wrote an article telling the reasons why - guided by my conscience - I had decided to work with nature for the future. This cultural magazine republished my original paper, prompting many readers to write to me and visit the rural community where I lived.

Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Jan 12, 1979
Determined to find more people also willing to organize and implement alternatives to wake the population, journalists, government staff, etc., I wrote a reader letter to an important newspaper suggesting the creation of a cooperative of organic food.

Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Feb 11, 1979
In this article (full page), I wrote about the narrow view of those people who think about Brazil just like a jungle where they can hunt some privileges, mainly for their university level.
Instead, I suggested that every graduate should do his best to save the threatened nation, regardless the academic aspect.

Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Feb. 15, 1979
From the letter that I had published in Jornal do Brasil a month before, I received about 12 responses. So I wrote a longer article commenting on the answers I have received and published this article (full page) in the same important newspaper, read by everyone in Rio

Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - March 10, 1979
In this article, I wrote about the Catholic Church's annual campaign, this year blaming those who spoil the environment, created by God to be enjoyed, not to be spoiled.

FOR A MEAL WITHOUT POISON - II (A meeting at the Park Lage)
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Mar. 1979
From that longer article above, I received more than 300 letters, all asking for participation in my proposal to organize a cooperative bringing together organic producers and consumers. The article describes the first meeting (more than 200 people) that started the cooperative of natural producers and consumers - Coonatura.

Taking the road back to the countryside
Isto É  magazine (Rio de Janeiro) - May 9, 1979
In this article, this important weekly magazine reports the "natural" trend that was driving many people back inland. Our new cooperative, Coonatura, was mentioned as part of this phenomenon gathering the "new farmers".

FOR A MEAL WITHOUT POISON - III (The "Utopists" are arriving)
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - May 15, 1979
This article describes the first initiatives of our new co-op. Since the first meeting, many people were helping to organize it, and many offered significant support, as a house in Copacabana to store and sell the products.

Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Jun. 1979
This time, a new (plus one) increase in the price of meat has led many women to boycott the product. To them, this was a supreme sacrifice. So I wrote this article telling all the reasons why we, vegetarians, do not eat meat, either, and its benefits.

Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - June 17, 1979
In this long article, I explained that in addition to research to develop clean sources of energy, it is also very important to research, develop, and make public the techniques and practices that can improve the energy of the human body, by health food and bodily practices. More energetic people would need and spend less "outside" energy.

The new peasants - the many paths of alternative life
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - 19 Aug. 1979
A long article (three pages) published by the main newspaper of Rio de Janeiro at the time, about the initiatives of young citizens who were revalorizing agriculture, natural food, the environment and rural life in general, in a process of "voluntary reruralization."

The ecological solution
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - 28 Nov. 1979
This long story (full page) brought seven interviews, all from members of Coonatura. We explained why we were working together , concerned about agriculture, nutrition and health, affirming that nature can help and heal our society.

Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) -? Nov. 1979
Due to the attention raised by Coonatura, I was invited to participate in an important debate about "democracy and culture" in a prestigious theater in Rio. In this article, I showed how famous Brazilian intellectuals and artists were lost with the end of the dictatorship, and unable to perceive that the cultural avant-garde is now concerned with researching the alternatives that could enable the future of the population - and not anymore with promoting a 'leftist revolution'...

Ecological bike rally protests against nuclear power plants
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - January 14, 1980
In the late 1970s, President Geisel signed an agreement with the German government to build 7 nuclear power plants in Brazil. Despite some academic reaction against this dangerous and expensive decision, taken without any discussion with the scientists, the population was only informed about the risks when friends of Coonatura and I organized this "journey."

Cyclists go to Angra for ecological manifestation
O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) - Jan 18, 1980
Our rally was a very simple but effective way to communicate what we wanted to demonstrate: people in general need a lot of energy because they are generally de-energized, unaware of all the force that is available in healthy eating and bodily practices. We planned to cycle to Angra (160 km away from Rio), site of the first Brazilian nuclear power plant (Westinghouse technology) and where they planned to build two more with German technology.

Protest against atomic power plants
Última Hora (Rio de Janeiro) - Jan 18, 1980
In the morning we left Rio, to Angra, there were many journalists covering our departure. All the newspapers and many radio and TV stations wanted to know our reasons. Última Hora, which was then a more popular newspaper than Jornal do Brasil or O Globo, published a call on the first page (with a photo) and a long story with two photos on an inside page.

Cyclists went to Angra to defend the environment
O Dia (Rio de Janeiro) - Jan. 18, 1980
O Dia was Rio's first newspaper in sales, but its readers were considered the most "popular" of all.
The long story they published - with a big photo of our group of 16 cyclists - was very enlightening to their readers.

Cyclists lead in Angra demonstration against plant
O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) - Jan. 20, 1980
Again O Globo, very important mainstream newspaper, reported our rally, now our arrival in Angra, where the population received us with a party-show, whose photo was published with the article. All of this was very new, because the Brazilian atomic project was considered a subject of maximum security by the military dictatorship, and we were, for the first time, challenging this taboo.

Cyclists went to Angra to criticize nuclear power plant
O Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro) - Jan. 21, 1980
This newspaper was widely read in the region of Angra and in other cities around Rio. The article informed the whole population about the risks they would live forever. Until then, people living in Angra had never been informed about the risks of having an atomic power plant in the near vicinity, without having any safety information, emergency escape routes, etc.

Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Jan. 28, 1980
I wrote this long article to report how the journey was accomplished by our group (accompanied at all times by a line of vehicles from the many federal and state police departments, secret service, Nuclebrás, etc.). I explained that we were (and still are) vegetarians, practitioners of yoga and / or tai-chi chuan, and therefore it was easy for us to travel all those miles in two days.

In Resende, a show for life and against nuclear energy
O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) - Abr. 4, 1980
The Brazil-Germany nuclear deal planned to build a nuclear plant in Resende, a medium-sized city on the bank of the Paraiba do Sul river between Rio and São Paulo. Any accident at this factory would pose enormous risks to these cities, the most populous in Brazil. So we decided to organize this demonstration to alert the population.

Young people seek ecological purity
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Apr. 12, 1980
Again a great article about the misuse of nuclear energy in Brazil, and the risks it could bring to our already risky existence. Do you think that the Brazilian atomic agency would duly monitor the safe operation of these facilities? What about the problem of atomic waste? This article had an illustration drawn by me, explaining the problem in a visual way.

Protest against pollution causes traffic turmoil
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) -? 1980
Another article published by an important newspaper reporting other initiative of ours to make people more aware about environmental problems. This time, denouncing the pollution in the main streets of Rio - a world record.
The newspaper said we caused a riot, but the traffic is the actual riot.

The natural fortifiers fever
O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) - May 25, 1980
Another article demonstrating that our interference was being successful. This was about the growing number of people who prefer natural ways to feel better and healthier. In it, I also told about our Cooperative of natural foods.

Natural Food - No Chemicals
O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) - Oct. 1980
Again another article demonstrating the same: a growing number of people following the natural trend. Did we have any influence? At this time, I was successfully introducing the "selling of natural sandwiches" on the beaches of Rio.

Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) -? Oct. 1980
In this explanatory article, I described how it is possible to grow vegetables at home, especially green-smelling and seasoning.

Suggestion - a vegetable garden in every house, factory, penitentiary and military quarters
O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) - Jan 2, 1981
This article was about an educational poster that I designed for Mobral, a federal agency dedicated to community development. They printed 10,000 posters and spread them across Brazil, starting hundreds of vegetable gardens natiowide.

Natural food at the beach is the new sensation
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Jan. 3, 1981
In this article, selling natural sandwiches on the beach was considered a cultural phenomenon in the summer of 81.
Indeed, after our pioneering initiative, thousands of other people began to do the same.

Understand the summer: natural food
Revista Domingo Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Jan. 15, 1981
In this article, selling natural sandwiches on the beach was considered a cultural phenomenon in the summer of 81.
Indeed, after our pioneering initiative, thousands of other people began to do the same.

Natural food - the option arrives at the beach
O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) - Feb. 15, 1981
This long article was specifically about my main project at the time: making the most popular healthy food, selling natural sandwiches on the beaches of Rio, like Ipanema and Copacabana - and reverberating it through the media.

Option: selling natural sandwich ...
O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) - Feb 21, 1981
Again a mainstream newspaper in Rio devotes a great space to publicize my initiative promoting widely the awareness that people could eat better and cheaper, and still be healthier. And many could make a living out of it.

Joaquim Moura - Coonatura
Panfletos da Nova Era (New Age Pamphlets - Book by Jorge Mautner) - Feb. 1981
In this book, Mautner writes long chapters on striking figures of Brazilian and world culture. Thus, between texts about Dylan,  Glauber, Gil, Janio, Brizola, Golbery, Caetano, Wilson Batista, Ray Charles and other personalities, a short chapter on the pioneering of my initiatives, such as Coonatura and Pureza (Purity) healthy foods.

Purity wants license to sell food
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - 28 Feb. 1981
Although the initiative to sell healthy food to the population, bringing whole wheat bread and brown rice to the beaches and streets, was very important for the population, we did not get a license to sell it legally.

Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - May 21, 1981
To once again warn the public about the dangers of atomic pollution, we organize the Conclave of the Sun, bringing together artists and scientists. Joan Baez was then in Rio and wanted to participate. But the government realized that it would attract too much attention to our musical-environmental event, and did not allow her participation.
But this has brought even more attention to our initiative. I wrote this article to tell the whole story.

Natural food arrives on the table
Isto É - (Rio de Janeiro) - Jul 18, 1981
This article deserved to be on the cover of this important weekly magazine, and this, happening in a (then) leftist publication, was a real achievement, showing that everyone, even the "Marxists", had been hit by the idea of "natural food."

Purity is over
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Nov. 15, 1981
After two years of successful efforts, being imitated by thousands of people across the country - and without any government support - our group decided to dedicate our creativity and energy to other issues.

Working is necessary, but there are healthy alternatives ...
Luta e Prazer (Rio de Janeiro) - Nov. 1981
"Fight and Pleasure" was a newspaper published by and aimed at college students, especially those involved in the study of psychology, sociology and the arts, but also interested in politics. They greatly appreciated our sale of healthy food to the public.

Minimum spending on the beach reaches Cr$ 500
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Jan 2, 1982
This article reports the increasing trade of various products on the beach, with particular attention to the sale of natural sandwich, mentioning that Pureza was the first (and best) group to introduce, on beaches and also on the streets, this healthier option of food.

Vegetables in the backyard
Tribuna do Norte (Rio Grande do Norte) - Feb. 1982
Published by a newspaper in the capital city of a small and distant Brazilian state, this article described my efforts and results toward socio-environmental education. He reported on the initiatives of Coonatura and Pureza.

The time and the turn of natural candidates
Isto É (Rio de Janeiro) - Feb. 1982
This article, published in an important weekly magazine, promoted my "anti-candidacy" to Rio's mayor.
It was an opportunity to expose my concerns about the future of the city and its population.

Natural rhymes very well with sun and salt
O Globo - Ipanema (Rio de Janeiro) - Sep 6, 1982
Another great article about people living on the sale of natural sandwich. The article reminded that I was the one who introduced this work on the beaches and reported that I was already more dedicated (again) to community garden projects.

'VIVA' the Green at the Schools
O Globo - Madureira (Rio de Janeiro) - 10 Sept, 1982
This article describes a project that I have coordinated involving 11 municipal elementary schools in Irajá and Madureira neighbourhood, cultivating vegetable gardens and developing other activities related to environment education.

Snacks on the beach to save the world
Pasquim (Rio de Janeiro) - Nov. 1982
In this long interview, I had a perfect opportunity to explain in detail why I was trying to make people more aware of the importance of agriculture and nutrition for their future and the future of their descendants.
I have also clarified the radical political implications of the naturalistic consciousness.

Correio Braziliense (Brasilia) - July 22, 1983
Here I wrote an article explaining how penitentiaries could be turned into some kind of popular university, preparing many people as community leaders when they returned to their communities.
While incarcerated, they have plenty of time to develop many skills, learn practices and useful concepts.

Correio Braziliense (Brasília) - Aug. 1983
In this great article, published in an important newspaper, I had the opportunity to explain (almost) all the concerns that ecologists and naturalists have about conventional farming, based on chemicals provided by the industry.

"Cosmic Rally" creates a vegetable garden in CONIC
Correio Braziliense (Brasilia) - 23 Oct. 1983
Invited to participate in a "Cosmic Rally" in Brasilia, I left more than just words. With the help of other participants, we created a garden in an abandoned area in a shopping center in downtown Brasília, the Brazilian federal capital.

Correio Braziliense (Brasilia) - 25 Nov. 1983
An article that I wrote only to explain - through the main newspaper of the Brazilian capital - that if we (society) had ecology (not money) as our main advisor, it would be much easier to find practical solutions to the tragic situation experienced by more than half the world's population

Southern Zone seeks natural vegetables
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - May 28, 1984
Another great article published on Coonatura, and its 2,000 members (many of them producers) who benefit from their own organization through the cooperative. CSA and box schemes were reported for the first time in Rio.

A designer dedicated to nature
O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) - Sep 18, 1984
In this article, in addition to reporting the general outline of my project with the children of a Rio's neighbourhood, the newspaper reported a "challenge" we were promoting with them: the first apartment-grown lettuce contest. (A Japanese family won.)

Every day should be Tree Day
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Sep. 21, 1984
Then I was hired by a large construction company (João Fortes Engenharia) to develop environmental activities with the children of the buildings they built throughout the city. This article tells about the gardens, the trees and the changes that we cultivate.

Children eat what they have planted ...
O Globo - Niterói (Rio de Janeiro) - Set. 1984
This story related the reaction of the urban children with respect to the agricultural routines and natural facts with which they had contact in their buildings. The photos showed how effective and happy their collaboration on cultivating was.

Grow lettuces - challenge children
O Globo - Tijuca (Rio de Janeiro) - Oct. 2, 1984
Another article on the contest of growing lettuces grown in apartment. I was the consultant-supervisor, and for two months I visited dozens of apartments to monitor the growth process of lettuces, from seed to adult plants. A Japanese family won, but we did not ask what kind of fertilizer they had used...

In Queimados, special agrarian reform
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - 2 Dec. 1984
At that time I was invited by a leading NGO (FASE) to help a group of landless peasants recently settled on the rural outskirts of Rio (Queimados municipality) - a chance to help them increase their productive and community activities, as well as preserving the environment and improving their nutrition and health.

Jornal de Brasília (Brasilia) - 31 Mar. 1985
In this really long (full page) article, I described a dream: Suddenly I was awakened by representatives of the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms to attend an important meeting of them, discuss their real conditions, and make some recommendations for humanity. The future generations also have sent some participants, but just as observers.

Jornal de Brasília (Brasília) - April 14, 1985
Many people often consider nature and culture as excluding each other. The kingdom of one would be the opposite of the kingdom of the other. But this schisophrenic vision leads only to incomprehension and destruction. The way we see nature is cultural - and there is no nature outside of this cultural view (not for us, humans).
And to make our future viable, we need a new culture that sees nature in another way

Pasquim (Rio de Janeiro) - May 5, 1985
In this text, I explained why agrarian reform is the most important issue to be resolved in order to make Brazil viable.
And the reasons why the environment should be our master and partner - if we want to live a happier future.

Correio Braziliense (Brasilia) - May 13, 1985
Again, for other clientele (O Pasquim was a famous tabloid directed by and for leftists). I explained how the Agrarian Reform could provide work for all the Brazilian unemployed, producing food and wood for the world.

Mrs. Benta helps to harvest lettuce in Novo Leblon
O Globo - Barra (Rio de Janeiro) - May 16, 1985
A new project: I was invited by a rich condominium in Rio to plan and implement there the first "urban farm for children" in Brazil.
This article describes the composting activities and the first crops harvested.

Correio Braziliense - (Brasilia) - May 27, 1985
President Sarney announced a program of social priorities, so conventional that they could not even bring anything new to the population. So I wrote this article to explain how each priority (housing, nutrition, health, employment, and energy) could actually be attained if the government used an "alternative" approach.

Earth discovery teaches planting
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - July 22, 1985
This article in JB described two urban farming experiences - the Wenceslau Belo Agricultural School and the "farm for children" at Novo Leblon condominium, which I had created.

Correio Braziliense - (Brasilia) - July 29, 1985
President Sarney was taking medicine to reduce his back pain. So I wrote this article suggesting that the president could heal his tensions and pains through alternative healing practices. I have illustrated with drawings of easy healing postures that the president or any reader could perform and benefit from.

In Novo Leblon, it's time to reap the rewards - Gardening, an idea that also caught in Novo Leblon
O Globo - Barra (Rio de Janeiro) - 29 Aug. 1985
Another article confirming the interest of the media about our project. But I have never been contacted by anyone from the government (any government) or from "private initiative" or from NGOs, to replicate it on a larger scale.

Gardens and orchards gain new spaces in buildings
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Nov. 20, 1985
Another long article in an important newspaper in Rio, bringing a beautiful photo of the vegetable beds of the "farm for children" of Novo Leblon.

Community garden succeeds in Novo Leblon
O Globo - Barra (Rio de Janeiro) - Dec 18, 1986
Eighteen months after the beginning, the urban farm for children was still occupying large spaces in the newspapers.
This article, in the special section for the Novo Leblon neighbourhood in Rio's main newspaper, featured four photos (one on tits front page).

Condominium Novo Leblon increases its mini-farm
Jornal do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) - Dec. 19, 1986
At this time, we increased the size and complexity of our community farm by introducing new animals, some horses, goats, chickens, ducks and cows, to make them familiar to urban children and to provide manure to the vegetable garden.

069 The Green Prophet
O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) - 30 Sept. 1987
Again, a long article in an important newspaper reporting on all the initiatives I've developed so far.
In the photo that illustrated the article, I performed a posture of Tai chi, another tool to promote the health of the population.

The purity of fruits and vegetables in Novo Leblon
O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) - Nov. 22, 1987
Thirty months after its inception, the farm for urban children was still deserving long articles in the main Rio's newspapers (and TVs). But I've never been looked for by anyone from the government interested in replicating the experience.

Before the work, the exercise
Jornal de Brasília (Brasilia) - 9 Sep. 1990
A great story (photo on the first page, full page inside the newspaper) about my first initiative when I moved to Brasilia. Free tai-chi chuan classes in the external gardens of the Central Bank (where I worked), open to its employees and the public. It was a success.

Open air gym
Veja - Magazine (São Paulo) - Oct. 10, 1990
In the main Brazilian weekly magazine, a story about the free tai-chi classes at the Central Bank. In the picture, I and my disciples showed how readers could perfect their health, power their bodies, relax their tensions and stimulate their energy.

The 'National Forest' of Brasilia is now a cultural space
Correio Braziliense (Brasilia) - July 30, 1991
Now it was the main newspaper in Brasília that reported on the tai-chi classes I gave free of charge to the population in a public space. A photo on the first page and another one inside, with explanatory text.

A good marriage between ecology and food
Correio Braziliense (Brasília) - 9 Dec. 1991
In this article, the main newspaper of the Brazilian capital tells my story and the new projects that I was developing closer to the federal government, trying to inspire it in its actions and understanding of the delicate relationship between society and nature.

Correio Braziliense (Brasilia) - 6 Jan. 1992
The Rouanet Law was created to allow tax deductions to finance culture; a percentage of the taxes due to the government can be applied in cultural productions. But the government only considered as cultural projects those involving theater, show, film, dance, etc., but not projects dedicated to awakening and powering the population.

Jornal de Brasília (Brasilia) - 17 Nov. 1992
In October 1992, I went to the United States to know the 4-H system of youth development. Articulated at the federal, state and municipal levels, involving universities and private support, 4-H brings together 5.5 million young people aged 8 to 18 in thousands of clubs across the country. Just adult volunteers, there are 600,000, supporting environmental, scientific, leisure, citizenship, etc. projects. Every morning early, I practiced tai-chi with interested American educators.
When I got back to Brasilia, I reported what I had seen there.

Jornal de Brasília (Brasilia) - Jan. 1993
Through healthier nutrition and proper exercises, the whole body gains more life and energy, including the hair cells, inside the scalp. Adequate level of vitamins and minerals in the blood, and relaxed skin and head muscles (to let the blood reach the hair bulbs) are some secrets revealed in detail in this article.

Committee wants to democratize computing
Correio Braziliense (Brasília) - May 14, 1996
In some Brazilian cities, there are Committees for the Democratization of Informatics that organize community schools for computer professionalization. In Brasilia, we are also working to bring computers closer to the people, but we are not only teaching people to work professionally but also showing them how they can organize themselves in a network to develop their lives and communities.

Directions - Fellowship in International Development (Washington DC) - Aug. 1996
In this article, I discuss the reasons why the more tragic the social scene is, the more Brazilians avoid collaborating in voluntary programs due to growing stress, the process of impoverishment, and so on.
I also discuss how to promote change in this situation by encouraging people to organize and change their lives.

Money Factory
Correio Braziliense - Oct. 28, 1996
An article about "local currency" or "social money" - a powerful instrument to promote community economy dynamism and fight poverty - suggested by me, quoted by the newspaper as a "research specialist" on this subject.
Too bad - I found the title very sensationalist.

Correio Braziliense - 3 Mar. 1997
Coming back from the Microcredit Summit preparatory conference held in Washington in February. I have explained in this article  many things that no one knew in Brazil about microfinances and the fight against poverty.

Ethics Education in Schools
Correio Braziliense - 28 Nov. 1997
Our Brasilia / Washington DC Committee of the Partners of the Americas NGO has organized a seminar demonstrating the Character Counts! Program, implemented in the USA since 1994, where it reaches more than 20 million young people. This article (full page) was very useful for Brazilian educators interested in ethics education.

Correio Braziliense - Feb 26 1998
The increase in crimes committed by young people will require deeper analysis leading to effective action. In this article, for the first time, several fundamental questions to understand the infantile-juvenile violence were discussed in a Brazilian newspaper.

Violence begins with idleness
Correio Braziliense - March 29, 1998
In the discussion about the current violence - always so superficial - I had the opportunity in the main newspaper of Brasilia to deepen the analysis and propose objective programs.
But again I did not get any reaction, nor from who supposedly takes care of these problems.

Students of Good Character
Correio Braziliense - 17 Dec. 1999
Another full page on a program developed by our Partners of the Americas committee in Brasilia.
This time, about the introduction, in Brazil, of the American ethics education program Character Counts!

Character is learned in school
Correio Braziliense - 21.Abr. 2000
Our committee organized this International Seminar on Ethics Education to demonstrate the methodology of the 'O Carater Conta!' program, already translated and adapted for Brazil. Eighty teachers participated and we are now adapting the curriculum according to the suggestions of these teachers. Now, together, we will promote the program in schools in Brasilia and then in Brazil.

086 Brazil will invest heavily in transgenics
O Estado de São Paulo - Jul 27. 2001
In this article, whose title seems more like a threat or a declaration of insanity proclaimed by the Minister of Agriculture, I was mentioned for the first time about "transgenics", which has been occupying me for the previous two years, since I perceived the consequences of this cruel irresponsibility regarding our descendants.

087 Preparing Youth for a Challenging Future
Urban Agriculture Magazine  - Oct. 2018
A short description of the current projec being developed, involving school and community composting and youth development.
Also in Portuguese: Preparando os jovens para um futuro desafiador