Category Archives: Conservation & Environment

Fire & Water

Fire & Water Some of my forest is flooded. I have never seen the water this high. Of course it is worse in North Carolina, but our farms are less than 20 miles from North Carolina. I did not see … Continue reading

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Value of Hypocrisy

I am a hypocrite and I proudly so. Hypocrisy is a prerequisite for civilization and the basis of courtesy. Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice plays to virtue, since hypocrisy implies acceptance of the value you pretend to have.   … Continue reading

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Partners in Preservation

Bertioga, São Paulo, Brazil The preserve is in the middle of the town of Bertioga, a town with a population of around 60,000. It is a long and narrow municipality, hemmed in by the mountains (Serra do Mar) on one … Continue reading

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Making Nature Accessible to All

Making Nature Accessible to All It was gratifying to meet Jeremy Buzzell, Chief for the Accessibility Management Program at the National Park Service, maybe more a vindication of old school people-to-people diplomacy.  Please indulge my deviation from the main narrative. … Continue reading

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Speaking to Youth in Bertioga

I visited the São Paulo SESC resort in Bertioga.   I will write more later. My picture shows a SESC program we (the Consulate) co-sponsored.  You might call it “English learning through sports” – in this case baseball.  The boys in … Continue reading

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Volunteerism

The praise was a bit embarrassing, and I am not sure I liked how it was tactically deployed, but the masters of ceremony held up the USA as the paragon of volunteerism.  They gently disparaged the Brazilian audience, pointing out … Continue reading

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Saving Tropical Forests

IVLP Saving Tropical Forests IVLP Saving Tropical ForestsA Simple Idea with Worldwide Impact.She got the idea during a visit to the… Posted by John Matel on Saturday, August 11, 2018 A Simple Idea with Worldwide Impact. She got the idea during … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy

Got some useful appointments in today.   Our first visit was with a couple of guys at the São Paulo Secretariat of Energy – renewable energy.  We were following up on a successful speaker visit and hoping to strengthen connections and … Continue reading

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Heavy rain for many days

It has been raining for days. It is raining now and it is supposed to be raining this afternoon. Still, I am going down to the farms today. We have a landowner dinner on the Freeman place. I am suppose … Continue reading

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Doves

The doves colonize Chrissy’s flower box every year. This has been going on for at least ten years. The doves are unafraid of us. I suppose the flower box on the house provides a relatively safe – “cliff side” environment. … Continue reading

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