These Brazilians are seeking to repopulate mangrove forests
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
They are a part of the Olho Verde Project
which aims to clear trash
and reforest an area of over 289,000 square miles
That's equal to 75 soccer fields
BIOLOGIST, MARIO MOSCATELLI, SAYING:
"It has been worse, there is a lot to improve but we are halfway there. Now is the time to take a step forward because climate change is upon us and mangroves are a tool to help us combat global warming."
Mangrove trees can grow in low-oxygen soil
and create a transition area between marine and terrestrial zones
They are also known for sequestering high levels of carbon
51-YEAR-OLD PROJECT OLHO VERDE WORKER, SEBASTIANA DO NASCIMIENTO, SAYING:
"For a long time I've been feeling happy because I am taking care of nature for my children and their descendants so they can see the mangrove later."