LivMundi – promoting sustainability through festivals and local initiatives

Description of the project: LivMundi promotes sustainable, inclusive behaviour and actions in Rio de Janeiro, raising awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals, via a yearly festival and community initiatives. The festival covers topics such as climate change, social innovation, eating habits, circular economy, mobility. With 2 editions it reached out to 22,000 people of all ages. LivMundi mobilizes citizens to drive change and boosts local actions, for example a “mutirão” or solidarity initiative that helped school children from the slums improve their living environment via a crowdfunding campaign.

Climate impact: LivMundi is an exemplary project of public awareness and public participation for climate and SDGs, as it educates all kind of audiences on solidarity, ecology and habitable cities, such as empowering citizens to preserve the Tijuca National Park, the world’s biggest urban forest. Simple and practical changes in people’s daily habits transform the city into a better place, gradually reducing their carbon footprint and engaging in a virtuous, scalable circle.

Gender impact: The founder of LivMundi is a woman and she prioritizes women community leaders to select the festival themes and women-led organizations to launch initiatives. 70% of the speakers and 90% of the moderators were women in the last festival. This deliberate strategy aims to counteract observed gender discrimination and violence against women in Brazil, especially environmental activists, empowering them to transform their city for the next generations.

Scalability / replicability: LivMundi works bottom-up, encouraging citizens’ own initiatives, but working with multiple partners from associations to local producers and public institutions. Local leaders can act as multipliers, building a virtuous and learning cycle based on practical and successful experiences. The movement has gained recognition among citizens, civil society organisations, educative institutions and the media.

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Claiming back the streets of São Paulo – a biking collective training for women

Description of the project: Bike Anjo is an online platform promoting safe and secure riders who can teach and bike alongside beginners. Bike Anja is one of its projects, focusing on women learning to bike in São Paulo. The city road planning (intense flow of cars and reckless drivers) impose several barriers to beginner cyclists, especially women who also experience street harassment. Volunteers, through monthly workshops, teach beginners to pedal, traffic rules, signalling and precautions. Ninety percent of the participants are women. There are also two comfort workshops encouraging women to use bicycles as their main mode of transportation; training them on basic mechanics, intimate hygiene and dressing tips, etc.

Climate impact: According to the Institute of Energy and Environment, automobiles account for 72.6% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in São Paulo. The average car in São Paulo produces 261,36 kg of CO2 monthly. Bike Anja hopes that the biking women will become multiplying agents by encouraging other women to start cycling, reducing the amount of cars on the streets, thus reducing GHGs in the city. They also hope that the project will push the local authorities to prioritize bicycle infrastructure.

Gender impact: The project supports the autonomy of women by contributing to their daily economy (reducing their transportation costs), health and agility, as well as security in the city’ streets. This action also promotes women cyclists’ active contribution to climate mitigation. The events are promoted on social networks and at different city locations to make it more available to other women. Meeting venues are close to subway or train stations, to guarantee accessibility.

Scalability / replicability: Bike Anjo is active in several Brazilian cities. The communication platform is well-known and very effective. It’s model (with workshops and bike tours) enables other cities to easily add women focused groups (Bike Anjas). Bike Anja has already seen great results although it was implemented without any funding. On their blog, they posted several topics related to biking to encourage more beginners to join the workshops. The blog has an increasing number of readers and enthusiasts.

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The SEMEAR group works to add value to the forest, turning seeds and seedlings as forest product capable to generate ecological, political and social processes

Description of the project: This project empowers women, vulnerable groups, agrarian reform settlers, people in traditional communities and youth groups through conservation, forest restoration and sustainable management in permanent preservation areas. The sustainable use of seed as a non-timber product, promotes forest conservation standing and adds environmental value, provides farmers a source of employment, thus is an income generator, and also improves their quality of life The actions become generators of confidence as they organize their social groups. In addition to the empowerment of women and youth, there was income generation for sustainable use of seed as non-timber product. This process promotes forest conservation standing and adds environmental value; social and economic due seed harvest.

Climate Impact: Its main innovation is to generate management technologies and conservation of forests with the participation of communities and applying unconventional restoration techniques, both innovative that join the restoration and conservation with small producers. The subproject “Morizukuri – creating forests” applies innovative practices of forest restoration accelerating ecological processes and generating ecosystem services in 10 years, a process which normally would take 20 years. Restoration plantings in innovative models have a capacity of up to 50% higher atmospheric carbon rescue, greatly contributing to the control of carbon emissions near large urban areas.

Gender Impact: In the communities of Capão Bonito SP, Paraty-RJ and Cotijuba (PA) before the intervention of the SEMEAR group women, worked in domestic services while their husbands worked in the fields. After the training actions and participatory management, women began to work in the harvest and sale of seeds for seedlings production purpose and its management as non-timber product. In Xingu River, we helped organize a group of indigenous women as seed collectors.

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