|A rainy Monday evening – the launch of Gaia Education in Salvador|
It was a rainy Monday evening and the organisers did not expect great attendance in the official launch of the programme. Rain in this Northeast region of Brazil symbolises winter and when this happens no one leaves home. Half an hour before the start the auditorium of the Institute of Architects of Bahia was filled up with an expectant audience. Salvador has recently been hit by a series natural and urban planning disasters and a mixed audience came eager to know how Gaia Education Design for Sustainability programme could give them the tools necessary to re-design their rapid changing living conditions.
Gaia Education Design for Sustainability programme in Salvador is hosted by Ecobairro, an initiative migrated from Sao Paulo on rejuvenation of neighbourhoods, and Institute Roerich, with many years of dedication of promotion of a Culture of Peace.
In the audience the presence of urbanists, local government officers, educators, architects, therapists, students, social workers and a delegation from Pataxó indigenous people, all came to hear how do we navigate the 4 dimensions of sustainability in practice.
With a wide coverage in the media, including the main local papers and radio, organisers left uplifted and surprised by the interest and a full list of potential students. The programme starts in July 2010. For more information visit www.gaiabrasil.net