In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Felicia Campos, a historian who also has Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies under the UNESCO Chair at Innsbruck University, Austria. Felicia has been around the world studying a host of subjects, but in this interview, we find her in her home city of Florianopolis, Brazil.
Florianopolis is a unique city, located on an island in the south of Brazil. It’s been designated a “sustainable city” so I was interested in hearing from Felicia what makes Floripa sustainable, why does it’s population care so much, and how the residents, businesses, and municipality all work together to reach their sustainable goals.
It’s fascinating to learn about other places and the efforts they make, and if there is one takeaway for me, it’s that as citizens, we need to be involved in the planning process for our towns and cities. No one wants to live next to polluting coal plants and landfills, swim in plastic-filled water, or inhale exhaust fumes from millions of cars. But it takes the people standing up for our rights for clean air, water, and soil to make a difference. The tech entrepreneurs putting down roots in Floripa know the citizens want to maintain the natural splendor of the city, and they make adjustments accordingly.
Find the full transcript of this interview at www.eco-interviews.com.