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

José Luiz Ferreira at his former home in the old Vila Chocolatão. Credit: Clarinha Glock/IPS

BRAZIL: More Community Input Needed in Relocation of Favelas

José Luiz Ferreira, 60, was born poor and is still poor, but was able to get an education. Known as Seu Luiz (Mr. Luiz) in Vila Nova Chocolatão, the Porto Alegre neighborhood where he lives, he earns a meager living by giving English classes. And he sees eagles where everyone else sees chickens.

A solitary cow in a slash-and-burn clearing where there was once Amazon rainforest.  Credit: Mario Osava/IPS

BRAZIL: New Forest Code Could Hinder Climate Goals

The adoption of a new Forest Code in Brazil could threaten efforts to curb Amazon deforestation, which was reduced 70 percent between 2004 and 2010.

A solitary cow in a slash-and-burn clearing where there was once Amazon rainforest. - Mario Osava/IPS

New Forest Code Could Hinder Climate Goals

Proposed amendments to the Brazilian Forest Code raise new alarm over Amazon deforestation.

The project nurtures the leadership potential in Panamanian teenagers.  Credit: Clarinha Glock/IPS

Young Panamanians Develop Antibodies Against Violence

In Panama's largest cities, minors under 18 not under supervision of an adult must be off the streets after 9:00 p.m. The juvenile curfew law means some spend several days behind bars until someone shows up to pay the fine.

Cyclists demonstrating in Porto Alegre: "Respect cyclists. More love, fewer motors."  Credit: Clarinha Glock/IPS

BRAZIL: Porto Alegre Cyclists Step Up Demands for Bike Lanes

In the weeks since a motorist mowed down dozens of cyclists in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, the incident has becoming a rallying flag in the fight to create a more bike-friendly city.

Cyclists demonstrating in Porto Alegre: “Respect cyclists. More love, fewer motors.” - Clarinha Glock/IPS

Porto Alegre Cyclists Step Up Demands for Bike Lanes

A motorist’s attack on a group of cyclists in Porto Alegre has drawn local and international attention to the cause of bicycles as a mainstream means of transportation.

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.

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