From June 2nd through June 6th, Faculdade Guararapes hosted Earth Week. The activities included workshops, exhibitions and lectures to encourage and educate even students, staff and the public regarding conservation. The week was the initiative of students and professors from FG’s Environmental Management program.
The highlights of the week included the creation of a sustainable house model, a parade of fashion items, and an exhibition of lamps. All these items were made from recycled material. The program featured poems, texts and parodies, inspired by the works of the geographer and social scientist Josué de Castro, the writer João Cabral de Melo Neto and singer-songwriter Chico Science.
Workshops - In addition to the events at FG’s campus, students also shared experiences with the communities outside the institution’s walls. They conducted 18 workshops for students attending the Poeta Mauro Mota State School in the Socorro district of Jaboatão Guararapes. During the meetings, participants learned how to make sustainable items like educational toys, curtains, sofas, solar tiles, lamps, pencil holders, watering cans for gardens and orchards and wastebaskets, produced from recycled raw materials like plastic bottles, newspaper, magazines and timber for reuse. "The goal is to bring the concepts of environmental sustainability, social and economic, through recycling, reuse and recovery to the community," said the director of the Environmental Management course, Ricardo Francisco.
This article was originally written in Portuguese and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.