Mariana Vanucci is the guest speaker at the November Green Drinks Galway event. Mariana is a Brazilian student architect who uses Permaculture to help residents of the favelas (slums of Brazil) improve their living conditions. She will talk about this work and then take some questions from the audience. This event takes place at the Cottage Bar in Lower Salthill on Thursday 7th November at 8pm. Many people stay on for a drink or two afterwards. Tea, coffee, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available at the bar. All are welcome!
ABOUT THE SPEAKER & TOPIC
Mariana Vanucci is an architecture and urban planning student from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), the second biggest university in Brazil. In UFMG, the architecture students have the opportunity to work as architects in the favelas, and create projects to improve social conditions as the people of the slums have little money. The UFMG students work in two favelas: Eliana Silva, which is inside the city and Capela Velha, which is in the countryside (both in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais). This project was started in 2011 with Mariana and her classmates. The project is still ongoing and this year they are trying to build the creche in Eliana Silva.
Mariana has worked with Permaculture in REDE, an NGO responsible for creating organic gardens in the favelas and Ecovida São Miguel, another NGO who create an organic food fair as an alternative to improve social income, green building, and more.
“Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way”.
– Graham Bell, ‘The Permaculture Way’