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10th Environment Week

10th Environment Week

Have you heard of ecological footprint? Carbon credit? Environmental innovation? These and other expressions have often come up when it comes to preserving the planet. Researchers all over the world are joining forces to think about ways to reduce man’s impact on the Earth and how to make such practices common to any citizen. Next week, this discussion will take place at Inhotim, with the 10th Environment Week, whose theme this year is People for Climate.

From June 1 to 8 Inhotim will host an intense program with innovation workshops, seminars with special guest speakers, environmental education workshops, guided theme visits, games and a botanical exhibit. The activities propose a reflection on environmental preservation and present initiatives related to sustainability.

Inhotim’s Blog talked to Joaquim de Araújo Silva, Environment and Botanical Garden Director at the Institute. Check it out!

Inhotim’s Blog – This is the 10th edition of the Environment Week and the 8th to take place at Inhotim. How do you analyze this trajectory?

Joaquim de Araújo – The Environment Week is intended to synchronize global, national and regional themes at Inhotim, and then establish attitudes based on these discussions. Throughout the years, we have found important solution for environmental issues and have reaffirmed the value of Inhotim Botanical Garden in preserving biodiversity. The Environment Week has become a forum to discuss the environmental theme at a real high level.

IB – People for Climate is this year’s theme. In which kind of initiative do you believe people can get engaged in order to try to slow down climate changes?

JA – We intend to bring this topic to people’s everyday lives, so that they can reflect on their way of life. Climate change and global warming are closely related to how member of contemporary society live their lives on a daily basis. We want to draw the attention of individuals, and not only of companies, about their consumption patterns and habits. The conscious use of natural resources is essential for us to reverse this scenario. We don’t have a recipe for success, but we must perceive that consuming with common sense is related to the well-being of society as a whole.

IB – What has Inhotim been doing to reduce its impact on the environment?

JA – First of all, we know we are responsible for flora and biodiversity conservation and we have increasingly positioned ourselves effectively when it comes to this theme. As a botanical garden, we work with several goals, including research, committing ourselves to the Brazilian reality. Now, when it comes to managing the park itself, we have established the Environmental Management System, whose purpose is to map out and create a more efficient way to operate. The actions include control and monitoring of solid waste produced at Inhotim, reduction of expenses with electric power, improve drinking water use and handling, among others. These are practical ways to ensure the Institute’s excellence in its relationship with its surrounding environment.

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