A Brazilian Couple Restore A Destroyed Forest


by Sam Soilihi

Posted on April 30, 2019

A Brazilian Couple Restore A Destroyed Forest

At a time when it is said to us that we only have 11 years to prevent irreversible damages to our planet because of climate change, this kind of story is heart-warming.

After returning from Rwanda to document the atrocities happening there, Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado was devastated when he saw what deforestation had done to his homeland. The thriving wildlife that inhabited this forest was now completely gone, just like the trees. But the photographer and his wife Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado were not going to give up on their land.

It is his wife who had the idea of replanting the forest. So with a group of people, they set to work in order to have the result you can see on the picture. This inspiring feat led to the foundation of instituto terra by the couple, an organization that focuses on the plantation of saplings in this forest.

Now the animals which were present before came back since the replantation was made with seeds from the concerned area and not imported from elsewhere. It shows that with the necessary will, something can be done against climate change and with 15% of greenhouse gases are emitted because of deforestation, such acts are significants. They are a proof that we can still reverse some of the damages done to our planet if action is taken.

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