Stories written by Clarinha Glock
Clarinha Glock is a freelance journalist based in Brazil. She writes about human rights issues, particularly related to climate change, education, health and vulnerable populations in society. Blogs: www.claraglock.blogspot.com y www.rapdomercedez.blogspot.com | Web

Sergio de Otto Credit: Courtesy of Sergio de Otto

Q&A: “It’s Essential to Change the Energy Model”

Latin America could see more Spanish investment in renewable energy if this otherwise strong sector in Spain is hurt in the war being waged by fossil fuel interests, according to expert Sergio de Otto.

Sergio de Otto - Personal files of De Otto

“It's Essential to Change the Energy Model”

The global dispute between fossil fuel interests and those developing alternative technologies has spilled onto the Spanish battlefield.

Francisco Medina at the entrance to the 'School of the Jungle'.  Credit: Clarinha Glock/IPS

ARGENTINA: Guarani Effort to Strengthen Culture Through Tourism

Since recovering part of their territory in 2005, an indigenous Guaraní community in the northeastern Argentine province of Misiones is working to maintain and expand a cultural tourism initiative.

Guaraní Effort to Strengthen Culture Through Tourism

In a jungle enclave in northeastern Argentina, a handful of indigenous peoples have set out to study their own Guaraní culture to test its tourism potential.

Gabriela Borges holds up the bottle that helped replace disposable cups at her school. Credit: Clarinha Glock/IPS

BRAZIL: ‘Green’ Schools Flourish in Porto Alegre

Living sustainably can be learned. That is the idea championed by two schools in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, where students are learning to become environmental citizens of the new millennium.

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel  Credit: Clarinha Glock/IPS

Q&A: “The World Needs a New Social Contract”

"We have to start thinking about a new social contract on a planetary scale, but also within each country," says Argentine activist and scholar Adolfo Pérez Esquivel.

Brazilian Immigrants Weather Crisis in Spain

Unlike so many immigrants who have come to Spain in search of jobs and a better standard of living, 39-year-old Flávio José Carvalho da Silva moved to this northeastern Spanish city from his home country of Brazil because he fell in love with a local woman.

Photovoltaic energy field in La Rioja, Spain.  Credit: Courtesy of T-Solar

Spain’s Renewable Energy Heads West

Plagued by Spain's economic recession and subsidy cuts, renewable energy businesses are following the sun and wind to Latin America in search of profits.

Clara Brandão in action. Credit: Courtesy of Gaia Village

Q&A: Recipes for Food Sovereignty

In 1975, Brazilian nutritionist and paediatrician Clara Brandão introduced "multimixture" in the diet of 13 preschools in Santarém, in the northern state of Pará, and noted how the malnourished children gained weight and completed their schooling. Some even went on to university.

Clara Brandão in action. - Courtesy of Gaia Village

Recipes for Food Sovereignty

There are no strong or weak foods, only complementary foods, proclaims Brazilian expert Clara Brandão, promoter of a unique approach to nourishment.

View of Porto Alegre from the Guaíba River. Ponta do Melo could end up like this.  Credit: Clarinha Glock/IPS

ENVIRONMENT-BRAZIL: Red Card for Porto Alegre?

The southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, a pioneer in participatory budgets and environmental policies, and habitual host of the enormous World Social Forum, has returned to the international stage.

View of Brazil's Porto Alegre from the Guaíba River. Ponta do Melo could end up like this. - Clarinha Glock/IPS

Red Card for Porto Alegre?

The 2014 soccer World Cup has created a dilemma for the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre: real estate and tourism development or environmental preservation?

Student Keith Garcia Reges in action. Credit: Clarinha Glock/IPS

TECHNOLOGY-BRAZIL: E-Waste Can Produce Marvels

Using pieces from all sorts of useless equipment, students at the Computer Recovery Centre in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre have put 1,700 computers into operation in three years.

Student Keith Garcia Reges in action - : Clarinha Glock/IPS

Electronic Garbage Can Produce Marvels

While learning to recycle electronic waste, young Brazilians are acquiring skills and greater awareness about the impacts of material consumption.

Compost in Garopaba, Brazil Credit: Clarinha Glock/IPS

BRAZIL: Making Eco-History in a Southern Beach Town

In the city of Garopaba, a tourist destination on Brazil's southern coast, leftover food from restaurants will be turned into fertiliser to be used by farmers, who in turn will grow pesticide-free fruits and vegetables for snacks in the local schools.

Compost in Garopaba, Brazil. - Clarinha Glock/IPS

Making Eco-History in a Brazilian Beach Town

Waste composting has opened a new path for a southern Brazilian beach destination towards its goal of becoming a "sustainable city".

Eucalyptus plantation, the first phase in the controversial paper pulp industry.  Credit: Photo Stock

BRAZIL: Courts – the Battleground for Fight Against Paper Mills

The battle against the wood pulp ndustry has intensified in the Brazilian courts, especially in those states where eucalyptus plantations have expanded the most: Bahia and Espírito Santo in the east and Rio Grande do Sul in the south.

A eucalyptus plantation, the first phase in the controversial paper industry. - Photo Stock

Courts the Battleground for Fight Against Brazil’s Paper Mills

The massive resistance against building up an international-scale paper industry in Brazil has shifted to the judicial arena.

BRAZIL: Spreading the Cultural Tentacles of Inclusion

"Negro F" tells how the Manos Grafite (roughly, "Graphite Hands") group started. In 1996, he and his friend Alex were walking along a street in the outskirts of the capital of the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, when they were struck by the colours and forms painted on the walls.

PERU: From Shantytown to Model for Urban Development

Peruvian activist María Elena Moyano became a liability in the eyes of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) rebels on Feb. 13, 1992. That was the day she dared to flout the curfew imposed by the insurgents in order to lead a peace march in the streets.

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BRAZIL: Sanitation a Reality on Paper Only

The main sanitation plan for the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul is 12 years old, has survived four state governments and carries a price tag of 220 million dollars - but has yet to be implemented.

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