Friday, 26 July 2013

Greenpeace at the WYD 2013, Rio de Janeiro

Right now, I'm in Rio de Janeiro, and have spent most of the last week helping Greenpeace Brazil with our presence at the World Youth Day (WYD) 2013, a Catholic event which has brought hundreds of thousands of pílgrims to the city from across Brazil and from around the world. Despite the name, it actually lasts for a week rather than just a day, and has a diverse programme of events which includes music, debates, religious observance and more.
So why are we here? Well, firstly, in Brazil, Greenpeace is currently focusing on growing theZero Deforestation movement, a campaign which is seeking to bring in a "law by popular initiative" which would bring the current problem of continuing deforestation in the Amazon region to a complete halt within five years once passed. In order to get this law discussed by the Brazilian Congress, we need to get the Zero Deforestation petition signed by more than 1% of the entire Brazilian electorate, which comes to about 1.4 million people. Thousands of Brazilians have already signed the petition, but we need a lot more just to get this law considered by Congress, and a huge number more to show enough support to get it passed.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Olá from Brazil!

Just in case anyone is wondering where I've got to, I have arrived in Rio de Janeiro safe and sound, and am currently staying with some lovely people from Greenpeace Brazil in an apartment a little way out of the city. We're working on the Greenpeace presence at the World Youth Day event (which actually lasts for a week) here in Rio, so I'm being kept pretty busy.

I'll be updating this blog and the one on the Greenpeace Edinburgh website with occasional news and updates about my travels. If I can, I'll upload some photos from my trip too!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Improvised Counterweight Flying Video, IADF 2013

Last month I went to the Irish Aerial Dance Fest in Letterkenny, and one of the things which I did there was a one-week course in counterweight flying. At the end of the course I did an improvised piece to music, which you can see below: