It all started when…
I started climbing and exploring the natural beauties around my hometown Uberaba, in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
I had always been curious about the ecological systems and our relationships with them but the more I spent time outdoors the more I fell in love with Nature, its fascinating complexity and the feelings of peace and belonging it brought to me.
Walden; Or, Life In The Woods, by Henry David Thoreau soon became my Bible.
I began researching about environmental issues as soon as I started my Master of Laws (LL.M.) back in 2004. Throughout the 5-years program I focused my attention on Environmental Law, International Humanitarian Law and Environmental Education.
I wrote and presented papers at national conferences, volunteered for local environmental NGOs, and my graduation research was a 200-pages study about how our 1988 Constitution treats and protects the environment.
After graduating in December 2008, I embarked to South Cape Town, South Africa, where I spent two years collaborating with/volunteering for a few local and international organizations tackling humanitarian, social and ecological challenges.
Shortly after returning to Brazil at the end of 2010, I moved to Lisbon, Portugal, to start my Master of Arts (M.A.) in "Human Ecology and Contemporary Social Issues" at NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities.
My Masters research was a case study about a non-formal environmental education project developed by a local organization in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The two main questions that guided my investigation were a) if the project had a conventional or an emancipatory approach to environmental education; and b) if, and to what extent, it had contributed to the empowerment of its target audience.
You can access it here.
While in Lisbon, I worked as a Project Associate for AIDGLOBAL, a Portuguese NGO developing a wide range of education projects in Portugal and Mozambique. Back in Brazil for my field research, I collaborated with Greenpeace for about one year, helping with volunteer management, education projects, grassroots movements, ecological activism and photography.
I started to combine photography with my scientific background and environmental activism in 2014, when I moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Ever since then, I have covered a wide range of topics (from climate change and education, to social injustice and human rights violations) for both local and internationally renowned publications, development agencies and world-renowned organizations such as Greenpeace, GIZ and GGGI.
Through my work I hope to make Photography an instrument for Human Ecology, using it to teach Environmental Education and to guide innovative and participatory empowerment projects aimed at reducing social inequality and promoting environmental justice.
Overall, I have been researching our environmental crisis with a transdisciplinary approach for about thirteen years, and I have completed several short-courses and certificate programs on topics such as Environmental Justice, Humanitarian Emergencies and Governance of Natural Resources.
I was one of the Keynote speakers at the "XXIII International Conference Society for Human Ecology - 'Navigating complexity: human-environmental solutions for a challenging future'", organized by the Society for Human Ecology and the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (FCSH - University of Lisbon, Portugal), and held in Lisbon, Portugal, from July 7th to 10th, 2018 (more about it here).
In August 2018, I completed the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Los Angeles, CA, and became a Climate Reality Leader, member of a "[...] global network of activists committed to spreading awareness of the climate crisis and working for solutions to the greatest challenge of our time".
Working through a temporary, short-time contract while its founder and director was on a mission in Uruguay looking for expansion possibilities, I was ETIV do Brasil Operations Manager for about 6 months.
I was responsible for leading the entire organization and all its projects and operations. My achievements spanned across different departments, including Project Management, Marketing, Communications and Volunteer Management.
I am currently their International Consultant on Sustainable Development and Human Rights, working remotely and on a regular basis out of my home in Santa Cruz, California.
Please feel free to contact me for presentations, partnerships, projects, workshops, consultancy or to simply talk about environmental topics.
I am always happy to discuss the challenges we face and the solutions we can collectively create to address them!
Areas of Interest: Photography - Human Ecology - Environmental Education - International Development and Cooperation - Empowerment - Social Justice - Environmental Law - Climate Change - Volunteerism - Human Rights - Ecotourism