Ahh, Rio. One of the earth’s most iconic cities. Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Rock, the Statue of the Christ, warm water and of course the beaches. So beautiful, warm and inviting, and in danger of being loved to death. The results are obvious, trash, so much plastic trash.
But the beach is a community within this community, and once again it came together. 2019 is COI’s 4 th year and each event is twice the size of the previous one. This year we dominated Itaipu Beach with 250 or so volunteers led by children of the community.
The kids get it. We met with students from 8 classes at 4 different schools. Now the kids won’t go to the grocery store without getting their shopping bag from home, and their mothers give me the evil eye for upsetting their routine. I think I have been forgiven though, many of the student’s mothers joined us at the beach on May 4 and together we collected 400 Kg of beach debris, mostly plastic, but including BBQs, lawn chairs and clothing.
Thanks again of course to all the local volunteers for spending their day cleaning the beach and to CLIN, the maintenance wing of the Niterói city government for disposing all this trash properly and all the sponsers like El Pescador, Areias Restaurante, LavoroSolutions, Puro Suco, Saboreando, Acanto Creche-Escola, Marcelo Natural, Emporio Verde, Gege Galindo, Casa da Sogra, Rotary Niterói, Prefeitura Municipal de Niterói, Cevejaria Piedade, Cervejaria Noi.
This Year we also made student presentations in collaboration with 4 different schools,Colegio Canadense de Niterói, Colegio Paulo Freire, Acanto Creche-Escola and Escola Prisma Montessori – Niterói .
Huge thanks to Claudia Rocha, COI’s International Affairs Coordinator, and Kelly Duim, COI Project Manager in Brazil, for a year of forward thinking and community coordination.