‘Green favela’ fights to live sustainably in Brazil | AFP

At first glance, it looks like any other shantytown in Brazil: a precarious jumble of tin-roof shacks and shoddy streets.

But look closer, and the community garden, rainwater harvesting system and environmental education program are visible too: This “favela” is remarkably green.


On the outskirts of Sao Paulo, a concrete jungle of 12 million people, the impoverished community of Vila Nova Esperanca (Village of New Hope) is fighting to be a model of sustainable living.

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