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.
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
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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