|View from Babilonia|
|Babilonia historic property now in forest|
preserved as historic home
Similarly, I marveled at being in a community where ordinary people were incorporating environmental well-being into their daily lives. Economic, health and environmental purposes were not opposing but complementary forces. In Babilonia Recycling leads to reductions on the family electric bill; cisterns on the roof equals free rainwater to supplement city supplies; adding trees to the forest at the top of the hill prevents mudslides inevitable in this time of unpredictable and serious storms.
|The Author with our Guide and Tyler |
from University of San Diego
While people were moved off precarious parts of the favela, early houses are being preserved for historical and cultural purposes. New homes in modern buildings are constructed with green roofs and energy efficiency features to meet the standards of “sustainable development.”
|New "green" building in Babilonia|
I hope the U.S, will eventully find more ways to follow Brazil's lead and help bring nations together on climate change rather than continue to find obstacles to taking full responsibility for our contributions to the crisis and a willingness to recognize the need to have different goals for developing nations while encouraging their growth in a sustainable fashion through technology transfer and funding.
|Another view of Babilonia through its Laundry drying on the line|
Watch out for Brazil!