Luiz Antônio Formare students organize Sweater Drive for unit employees

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Items can be donated through the internal campaign until July 1.  Donations will benefit the Solidarity Fund of Guatapará. Workers should leave items at collection points

The time has come to open your closet and see what no longer fits, but is in good condition and can be donated. The 2016 Sweater Drive has already begun at the Luiz Antônio unit and the goal for this year is to raise the greatest number of items possible, especially blankets, to be donated to the families registered with the Social Solidarity Fund of Guatapará.

Luiz Antônio Formare students were responsible for organizing the entire campaign, under the coordination of International Paper Institute. Collection points are located at gates 1 and 2, and donations will be accepted until July 1. All of the clothing gathered will be sent to the Social Solidarity Fund of the Municipality of Guatapará, 50 km from Luiz Antônio.

What to donate

– Coats, shirts, sweaters, sweats, shirts, trousers and other clothing items for adults and kids, in addition to shoes and blankets that are in good condition.

– Choosing items for donation

When you open your closet, choose clothing that you no longer use or that you almost never use and think about whether it really makes sense to keep it in your closet or if these items would do more good if they were donated. If you have any items of clothing that have not been used over the last two winters, or that no longer fit you, it is time to help those in need.

– Kidswear

Kids grow fast and lose a lot of clothes. Clean out your kids’ closets and remove all of the clothes that they have outgrown and that are like new from their drawers. The kids who will receive them thank you.

– Check seams

When separating clothing for donation, check to see if the seams are tight and if the item is not threadbare. Take a look at the finish on blankets.

Last year, the Sweater Drive raised over 230 items, benefitting low-income families registered with the Social Solidarity Fund of São Simão/SP. This time, the Social Solidarity Fund of Guatapará was chosen to receive donations. “Every year, Formare students are engaged in organizing the Sweater Drive, reinforcing how important volunteer work is not only for IP, but for society as a whole,” says Gláucia Faria, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Manager at International Paper Institute. “Through small actions, we can help those in need. ”

EEP IS A HIT AT SCHOOLS IN BROTAS AND ALTINÓPOLIS

Environmental Education Program involves third to fifth grade Elementary School students

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On June 8 and 9, the travelling version of International Paper Institute‘s Environmental Education Program (EEP) visited the cities of Brotas and Altinópolis in the state of São Paulo. Activities are geared towards third to fifth grade Elementary School students and include socialization dynamics and circuits that explain the paper manufacturing process, from eucalyptus seedlings up to the industrial process.

Activities were held on the first day at the Exposition Park – Expoal in Altinópolis, a city of 16,000 located in the Ribeirão Preto region. Public school students ages 8 to 11 were able to learn about the stages involved in manufacturing paper and participated in activities that reinforced the importance of environmental conservation.

On June 9, the program visited students at the D. Francisca Ribeiro dos Reis School, in Brotas (SP). After the socialization dynamic, the students took turns in the different circuits and came into contact with plants, learning about local fauna and reforestation practices, which contribute to the sustainability of paper production.

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In addition, students saw a play on the importance of preserving the environment and took part in a scavenger hunt with questions and answers on the topics developed during the circuits, ending their time with a tasty, vegetable-rich snack that emphasized the importance of healthy eating.

“It was a very interesting day for the students and helped to wrap up the content that the teachers are currently working on: Environment Day and water preservation,” says Viviani Marques Moreira, the Primary School Coordinator for the D. Francisca Ribeiro dos Reis School. In addition to Viviani, the teachers also liked the initiative, especially because of its directed content. “It’s always very gratifying to be able to contribute to the kids’ social and environmental education, going beyond our region. We believe that they are the biggest multipliers of more sustainable practices for the future,” says Gláucia Faria, the Social Responsibility and Sustainability Manager at International Paper Institute.

About the EEP – This International Paper Institute (IIP) initiative is aimed at demystifying the paper manufacturing process. In addition to developing actions with municipal schools in Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu, where International Paper (IP) operations are located, the Institute brings the project to public schools in other cities and also develops activities for children of IP employees.

Fight against wildlife sales marks World Environment Day 2016

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Angola is the country hosting this year’s celebrations and, just like Brazil, the country is waging a war against the traffic of animals, the world’s third largest illegal activity.

World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5. Each year, the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, chooses a country and a theme to centralize discussions. This year, Angola will pose the issue of combating illegal wildlife sales, a problem faced by the country, where the elephant population was decimated by a civil war that began in 1975. Moreover, the country and the entire African continent are fighting the illegal sale of ivory and rhinoceros tusks, which threatens local biodiversity.

The biggest targets of illegal wildlife sales in Brazil, according to the federal government’s Brazil Portal, are psittacidae (parrots and parakeets), passerines (birds), colored and poisonous frogs, butterflies and primates.

According to the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA), over 20,000 wild animals were rescued in 2015, with the largest apprehensions occurring in northeastern Brazil, in the states of Ceará, Bahia and Rio Grande do Norte.

Traffic of animals is among the world’s largest illegal activities, moving around USD 10 billion according to a study by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), an American research organization. According to GFI, animal trafficking is among the top five organized crime practices, alongside narcotrafficking, counterfeiting, human trafficking and illegal oil sales.

In Brazil, the illegal wildlife trade takes in an estimated USD 2.5 billion annually, according to a study released by IBAMA. In this study, animal trafficking ranked as the world’s third most profitable illegal practice, trailing only narcotraffick and arms trafficking, the latter of which is not mentioned in the study by GFI.

Date history – Created in 1972, during the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, held in Stockholm, World Environment Day is an initiative aimed at raising awareness among governments and other members of civil society regarding the importance of preserving natural resources and taking care to maintain environmental balance around the world. Every year, a theme is chosen for debate.

“The protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world; it is the urgent desire of the peoples of the whole world and the duty of all Governments.

(Stockholm Declaration on the human environment 1972)