July 26, 2012

Brazil’s flood legacy lives on

By |26 July 2012|

Martina Liebsch, Director of Policy for Caritas Internationalis, traveled to Brazil in June to attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. She also visited a Caritas project in the region and reports back on Caritas’ efforts to help flood survivors. “In my 67 years I have not seen something like this,” says a woman in Brazil whose house was destroyed during powerful floods in January 2011. She now lives in a modest house with her sister, who takes care of her. The deadly mixture of heavy rains filling the rivers and fatal landslides damaged the city of Nova Friburgo and fertile land nearby. Worst hit was San Jose do vale do Rio Preto, where some of the houses are literally standing in the river. Today those houses that still stand are damaged and inhabitable, though the rivers that caused the damage now look very small and innocent. Although the disaster happened [...]

June 23, 2012

Rio+20: faith based organisations keep the hope alive

By |23 June 2012|

Rio+20: conference reflections

By |22 June 2012|

Rio+20: Solidarity Economics

By |21 June 2012|

Rio+20 round-up

By |19 June 2012|

Rio+20: Joining the crowds in the Samba City

By |19 June 2012|

Rio+20: Development through Solidarity

By |19 June 2012|

Caritas hosted a side event on the 18 June on ‘Achieving Sustainable Development through Solidarity Economy: Outstanding Issues and Perspectives of “Converting” Economy into Ecology’.

High hopes, low expectations for Rio+20

By |18 June 2012|

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Church hopes Rio +20 Summit will find path towards development

By |18 June 2012|

With the planting of a tree, the Brazilian Episcopal Conference, with bishops and priests from the Latin American church, began Mass in the Cathedral of St. Sebastian in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The faithful prayed for a renewed commitment of world leaders to work for the elimination of poverty and the protection of nature at the UN Rio +20 conference beginning this week. Archbishop Orani João Tempest of Rio de Janerio and Bishop Leonardo Ulrich Steiner, president of the Brazilian Episcopal Conference held the evnt in Spanish, French, Portuguese and English as a sigh of communion between the countries. At the start of the Rio +20 Summit, Bishop Ulrich called on the conscience of world leaders and all people of good will to find an alternative development model based on ethics and responsibility for the environment and the human being, on justice, solidarity and the gospel values. [...]

January 28, 2011

Caritas launches an appeal for Brazil’s flood victims

By |28 January 2011|

Caritas is appealing for €1.2 million ($1.65 million) to support 5,000 families who are victims of floods and mudslides in South East Brazil. The recent floods and mudslides were the worst natural disaster Brazil has experienced in the last 40 years. More than 800 people died and around 25,000 people were left homeless. “There are thousands of people at the doors of our churches asking for immediate help. The funds raised will be used to help them”, said Dom Dimas Lara Barbosa, Secretary General of the Brazilian National Bishops Conference (CNBB), which is working with Caritas Brazil on this emergency. “We also need to think about the future. Now all of Brazil and many countries are mobilized to help those affected. But we also need to be there when the flood is no longer news to help people in the most critical phase of reconstruction. We need to have an emergency plan, [...]

Brazil hit by worst floods and landslides in 40 years

By |14 January 2011|

Floods and landslides caused by torrential rains have left more than 500 people in Brazil dead and left more than 13,000 homeless. It is being described as the worst natural disaster the country has experienced in the last 40 years. Entire neighbourhoods have been carried away by the mudslides. Rescue and aid operations are difficult as access to the affected mountainous areas around 100 kilometres north of Rio remains limited. “Many telephone lines have been cut and roads can’t be used,” said Maria Cristina dos Anjos, Secretary General of Caritas Brazil. “The Bishop of Petropolis told me there is total chaos where he is. People urgently need drinking water, food and hygiene articles. Many have lost their homes.” As help has not reached all affected areas yet, the death toll is expected to rise more. Caritas Brazil together with the Brazilian Bishop’s Conference is calling for donations and setting up emergency relief operations for the [...]

October 13, 2010

Brazil’s rainforest in danger

By |13 October 2010|

By Carlos García Paret, a climate activist from the Brazilian Amazon  The situation in Brazil regarding climate change is quite different from that in industrialised nations with higher emissions, such as China, the USA and the EU. As the world's fourth highest producer of greenhouse gases, 50 percent of Brazil's emissions derive from deforestation and forest and savannah fires. No other country is losing forest on the same scale as Brazil, which accounts for one in every two trees fallen in the world. This has resulted in the destruction of 700,000 km2 of rainforest in the last 30 years, and of 120,000 km2 of savannah in the last seven years. The primary explanation for this phenomenon lies in the role Brazil plays in globalisation as an exporter of agricultural commodities. Forest is cut down to obtain timber and to extend the boundaries of land used for grazing and farming (soy beans, [...]

September 8, 2010

Facts about land justice in Brazil

By |8 September 2010|

The Caritas Brazilian Bazaar project is also supporting the campaign with urns at each of its businesses – artisans and small, family-based farmers among others.

Independence day in Brazil

By |8 September 2010|

By Angela Page Brazil marked Independence day on 7 September. It was a public holiday, a day for celebration. But for many Brazilians it seems that little has changed since colonial times. Some landowners still own farms the size of a small country and continue to wield great power. “With such huge estates it is difficult to monitor what goes on there”, says Jose Francisco of Caritas Brazil. That’s why he’s spent this week campaigning for a Limit to Land Ownership. It is estimated that there are 25,000 people living in slave-like conditions on large farms in Brazil. Facts about land justice in Brazil “Such huge areas of land are difficult to monitor – people can go on the land and do what they like there” says Jose.“Limiting land ownership will also help prevent the loggers and people burning down trees indiscriminately.” Throughout Brazil urns have been filling up with hundreds of signatures a day. More than [...]

June 23, 2010

Another world is possible

By |23 June 2010|

One hundred and fifty Caritas representatives from 14 countries attended theWorld Social Forum (WSF) in Belém, Brazil. TheWSF is seen as a vital opportunity for social movements, NGOs and civil society networks to discuss the issues of poverty and the effects of globalisation. “For Caritas, theWorld Social Forum is an opportunity for the globalisation of solidarity, something which is crucial in the construction of another world,” says Cristina dos Anjos, National Director of Caritas Brazil. Latin America has some of the greatest disparities between rich and poor. A quarter of the 500 million population live on less than a dollar a day, while the world’s richest man, a Mexican, is worth USD 53 billion (€42 billion) . Caritas Latin America and the Caribbean hosted a workshop on a solidarity-based model of sustainable development. “We believe that the power of theWord and the Spirit can convince the whole of society that promoting development [...]

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