#5 Interview with Arere

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

Why sustainability

Why did you decide to enter the field of sustainability

and what do you want to change in your sector?


Since I was very young I had contact with environmental

issues because I was born in a region with a lot of nature

in southern Brazil, along with that my country of origin

suffers a lot with issues of social injustices. With that I

was interested in studying and graduating in the area of

​​biological, human, and social sciences. Since then I work

directly with people, nature, and ecological systems, I

have always been involved with environmental education

and for issues that would lead me to teach a little

ecological awareness and sustainability to people with

whom I work. My wish is that people/tourists have a

little more involvement and interaction when they are

enjoying the environment in a sustainable way through

ecologically correct, socially just, and economically viable



How would you define your mentality to manifest your

dreams, what did you overcome to get where you are



For a long time, I worked as a researcher and university

professor, in public and private institutions. A relatively

good time financially speaking, but not as a personal

achievement according to my ideals. So I decided to

change and started working with the third sector (non-

governmental organizations), where I developed a

project of plantations, self-sustaining community gardens

in needy communities in Curitiba - Paraná - Brazil.

Currently, I work as a surf instructor in Costa da Caparica

- Portugal, continuing my work with environmental

education for tourists, through surfing.

Creative process

Can you tell us a bit more about your workflow/creative process, like what inspires you?


Currently, I work with what I do personally and

professionally, I am a surf instructor.

My creative process is directly connected with nature,

with the sea, with the waves. And what inspires me is

people and being able to work making dreams come



Tell us about a project that didn't work - What did you

learn and what was the positive side of it?


A project that didn't work was when I tried to develop an

environmental education center next to my Hostel Vila

Farol in Ilha do Mel - Paraná - Brazil, and due to

bureaucratic reasons and of interest to government

agents, I was unable to continue. With this, I learned that

you cannot face people or bodies like politicians,

government and local public managers being a mere


Some advice

What advice would you give to someone who wants to

enter the industry?


One piece of advice would be to never give up on your

dream at all costs, to keep doing what makes you happy,

regardless of what others will say.

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