Brazilians seek to repopulate mangrove forests

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."

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