How has climate change affected biodiversity in Guanabara Bay? And the surrounding cities? These and other questions drive the exhibition “The Future of Guanabara Bay: Innovation and Climate Democracy,” convened by the Forum for Science and Culture (FCC) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
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The opening of the exhibition will take place next Tuesday (21) in the Casa da Ciência of UFRJ, in Botafogo, in the southern region of Rio. Through interactive activities for all ages, the exhibition discusses and invites the public to consider solutions to the effects of the climate crisis in one of the main postcards of the capital, Rio de Janeiro.
About 12 million people live in the Guanabara Bay watershed, distributed in the municipalities of the Rio Metropolitan Region, Baixada Fluminense, Regio dos Lagos, and Serrana. Landslides, torrential rains, droughts that threaten water supplies, and heat waves are part of the daily life of the population.
Kristen Rota, biologist and FCC coordinator, commented that one of the exhibition’s goals is to show how science has created solutions for the future that have social impact and advocate for climate democracy.
“It is necessary to remember that poor populations are the most affected and that it is necessary to integrate scientific and popular knowledge to face the crisis,” says the biologist. With a focus on the future, the fair brings together UFRJ research and extension projects aimed at slowing the effects of global warming.
Among the projects that the public will be able to see are Usina de Ondas, which produces clean energy, Eco Concrete, which replaces cement and reduces carbon dioxide emissions, and the Ariel robot, which is able to detect oil spills in the sea.
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“We want to bring the public closer to the richness and significance of Guanabara Bay, a place that is part of Rio de Janeiro’s life and the Brazilian imagination, but which is still little known in terms of diversity, not only ecological, but also social, economic and cultural”, explains Leonardo Menezes, Curator exhibition.
The program includes workshops and guided tours for children and youth from public and private schools, university students, and community groups, especially from across the Gulf.
Other interactive experiences are Salas das Escolhas and Mural das Iniciativas, with information, questions, and a panel for the audience to suggest local actions to combat problems involving the climate crisis in Guanabara Bay in the coming decades.
The Science and Culture Forum is the body that coordinates the Union’s cultural and scientific publishing policies.
Exhibition “The Future of Guanabara Bay: Innovation and Climate Democracy”
From March 21st to May 14th
UFRJ Science House (R. Lauro Müller, 3 – Botafogo)
Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm; Sundays and holidays from 10 am to 4 pm
To schedule a guided tour Visit the site here.
source: PDF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Clivia Mesquita
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