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On the 17th of May, the Human Milk Bank in Amazonas (Banco de Leite Humano do Amazonas), from the Ana Braga Maternity Hospital, in Manaus, in the Amazonas State of Brazil, officially launched a new campaign to encourage women to donate milk.

The organisation provides milk to approximately 200 children every month. Human breast milk has proven to be crucial for the survival of those babies, providing them with proper nutrients and help preventing diseases.

According to Elizabeth Hardman, nurse and coordinator of the project, the main objective of the campaign is “to save the lives of thousands of children through the donation of human milk, encouraging breastfeeding and helping to reduce infant mortality rates.”

The Human Milk Bank was founded in 2004, and works collecting, treating, and distributing human breast milk. The main people benefited from the donations are mothers in hospitals that, for some reason, are not able to breastfeed their newborns.

In 2012, the institution was able to distribute more than 700,000 litres of milk. The slogan for the campaign starting today is “donate mother´s milk and help nurturing healthier Brazilian children”.

Celestial Green Ventures is donating R$ 5,000 (five thousand Reais) for the campaign. The donation is being made through Instituto Amazônia Livre, a not-for-profit organisation which is CGV´s main partner in Brazil, and which is helping to raise the funds for the campaign.

“Last month, during a visit to Manaus, I met the team working with the Human Milk Bank, and I was impressed with the dedication of the staff, and the number of children that they have been able to help throughout the years,” recalls Ciaran Kelly, CEO of CGV.

The Human Milk Bank is supported by the Amazonas State Government. For more information on how to help the organisation, please call +55 92 36474234.

Ciaran Kelly, CEO of Celestial Green Ventures (4th from the right), with the team from the Human Milk Bank, in Manaus, last April

Ciaran Kelly, CEO of Celestial Green Ventures (4th from the right), with the team from the Human Milk Bank, in Manaus, in April


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Jadav Payeng Walking through the Forest he Created. Source: paperblog.com

Jadav Payeng Walking through the Forest he created.
Source: paperblog.com

Do you think you could grow your own forest? It sounds impossible right? But Jadav “Molai” Payeng, a 47-year-old man from India, devoted his life to forestry and planted his own 1,360-acre forest over 30 years.

It all started way back in 1979 when he was only 16. Jadav found a location nearby that was covered in dead reptiles along the coast, due to too much sunlight and inadequate shelter to protect them.

“I wept over the dead snakes and I wanted to do something about it so I got in contact with the forest department to ask could I grow trees there. The replies I got, said nothing will grow there. They suggested that I try to grow bamboo, so I did; although it was very tough having to do it on my own, eventually I did it.”

It took some time for Jadav to do what he did and it didn’t take long for the animals to benefit from his hard work, Jadav even transplanted ants to his burgeoning ecosystem to bolster its natural harmony. As a result of his years of dedication, this forest and ecosystem now serves as a safe haven for numerous birds, deer, rhinos, tigers and elephants — species increasingly at risk from habitat loss.

Jadav Payeng now, after some much-deserved R&R, is pledging to devote the rest of his life to planting another forest all by himself.

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Earth Hour 2013 Poster

Earth Hour 2013 Poster

Over the weekend, the WWF saw the celebration of its 7th Annual Earth Hour on Saturday 23rd March to increase awareness about environmental sustainability and to campaign against blatant or especially unconscious apathy toward these increasingly prevalent global issues, which effect us all.

Andy Ridley, Earth Hour CEO and Co-Founder expalins that “Earth Hour is maturing from its origins as a consciousness raising event in one city, to a global movement that is not just calling for change but is engaging in it.”

This is illustrated by Earth Hour Outcomes 2013, which details the global success of many cities and countries efforts to embrace this new sustainable wave of environmental consciousness and most importantly, meaningful action. There have been achievements right across the globe including Russia, Argentina, India, US and Romania.

This year, the first ever Global Earth Hour Capital in the Earth Hour City Challenge, Vancouver was recognised unanimously by a jury of experts for its innovative actions on climate change and dedication to create a sustainable, pleasant urban environment for current and future residents.

To see evidence of Earth Hour in your home country, use the Global Earth Hour Map.

We also found this video, which is designed to remind us all, what we are protecting, bringing home the message that out of sight should not be out of mind!


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World Water Day 2013

World Water Day 2013

After yesterday’s International Day of Forests, today the 22nd March has been designated by the UN as World Water Day, which began back in 1993 after a recommendation by United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).

The UN has also designated 2013 as the Year of Water Cooperation, which illustrates the significant level of importance that the organisation has placed on these issues.

Held annually on 22nd March, the UN aims to focus people’s attention on the importance of freshwater supply & availability, and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources worldwide.

UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon delivers a lasting message about global sustainable development and our collective responsibilities to ensure that the efficient use of our natural resources is fundamental to all our daily lives; concluding that “Water is Life.”

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On the Green Newsletter - Issue 2

On the Green Newsletter – Issue 2

We are delighted to announce the release of the Second Issue of our fledgling Newsletter – On the Green.

Inside you will discover more about Celestial Green Ventures, our REDD+ projects, our partners and some innovations which we have made to our Geospatial Platform.

To read the Newsletter you can follow this link…On the Green – Issue 2 or click the picture above.

We hope that you enjoy this new edition of the Newsletter, and would love to receive feedback, thoughts and comments about On the Green.

If you would like to subscribe to On the Green, please email us @ onthegreen@celestialgreenventures.com

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The thirteenth meeting of the forum happened at the beginning of this month in Manaus. Photo: SDS

The implementation of a State Policy for Environmental Services (PESA) in the Brazilian State of Amazonas is one of the top priorities of the Amazonian Forum on Climate Change (FAMC). The thirteenth meeting of the forum happened at the beginning of this month in Manaus, where members of the government, private sector and the civil society discussed the State’s 2013 agenda on climate change.

The forum debated the creation of a monitoring committee for transparency in the implementation of the PESA as well as the formation of a group to work on the State’s REDD+ regulation. According to the Secretary for Environment in the Amazonas State (SDS), it is important to include all the society members in this process, so that the future regulations are consistent with the needs of the local region.

At the moment, the bill that institutes the PESA is under debate in the State Civil House and, according to SDS, it still must be forwarded to the Legislative Assembly for voting at the beginning of this year. When implemented, this policy will establish a State regulatory framework on environmental services and will create a Climate and Carbon Regulation Program, which includes a specific subprogram on REDD+.

The Amazonian Forum on Climate Change was instituted in 2007 by the State Policy for Climate Change (PEMC), but was officially created in 2009. The main objective of this forum is to discuss the climate change issue and propose public policies on topics such as, the use of soil, forest and environmental services; energy; climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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The 320m tower will be slightly higher than the Eiffel Tower, in Paris. Photo: G1/ATTO

The 320m tower will be slightly higher than the Eiffel Tower, in Paris. Photo: G1/ATTO

A 320m scientific tower must be installed in the Amazon State, in Brazil, in December this year, as stated by Antonio Ocimar Manzi, researcher of the National Institute for Amazonian Research (Inpa) and coordinator of the project in Brazil, to the Brazilian news portal G1. The project, called Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO), is a partnership between the governments of Brazil and Germany, and the initial investments are around € 8.1 million.

The tower will help measure the chemical composition of the atmosphere around the Amazon forest and control the levels of gases, especially the Carbon Dioxide (CO2). The equipment will also help develop other lines of research related to the rainfall patterns in the Amazon, energy and matter exchange between the biosphere and the forest area, soil composition and others.

According to Manzi, the higher the tower, the easier it is to collect atmospheric data from distant places. It is estimated that the equipment will have a 1000km reach, depending on the wind conditions. The researcher believes the tower will become a global reference in tropical forest research. “This is a project that will last at least 30 years”, he adds.

Besides the 320m tower, other four auxiliary towers, measuring 80m each, in a cross shape, will be constructed 100m away approximately from the main one. The towers will be installed around 150km away from Manaus, the capital of the Amazonas State, and will follow a straight line.

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