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Claudio Oliver is an environmentalist, urban farmer and pastor that has been involved with social issues for the last 25 years.
He has worked in the Brazilian slums, among the urban and peri-urban poor, homeless and various local communities with creative development initiatives.
Currently, Claudio is working to integrate his experience with theological reflections about the environment, agriculture and culture within an urban context. Caring for creation and sharing the message that loving God is better demonstrated by loving His creation: soil, air, water, plants, animals and human beings. Claudio challenge all to practice God's first call for them: To take care for creation, both human beings and the world's environment.
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Claudio has a vast experience as an educator, researcher, creation care and sustainable living advocate, pastor and soon to be veterinary doctor.
Over the last 7 years, Claudio has sought to explore more sustainable, community centered forms of living in Curitiba, Brazil. He is seriously concerned with unrestrained consumption patterns, environmental destruction and urban wastage. Hence, Claudio runs an urban farm and promotes the benefits of seasonal and home grown food, recycling and sustainable living. He also invites people living in busy urban cities to rediscover the joys of community life.
Our unrestrained consumption of resources of is making life unsustainable.
We are destroying our planet through exploitative agribusiness practices and a food industry based on mono crops, food processing, packaging and long distance distribution. All these factors are killing our planet and promoting unsustainable lifestyles that divide and isolate people from each another.
There is an unrestrained generation of waste in urban contexts through the disposal of plastics, used oil, and other non-recyclable materials, which are destroying our ecosystem. The illusion of unlimited natural resources and the consumption of polluting fuels lead to a destructive lifestyle.
A return to sustainable form of living and a slower pace of life, which accepts resource limits, is needed to restore the environment, public health and even our relationships between our families and communities. New alternative ways of living, relating, producing, preparing, eating and recycling need to be introduced into our cities.
Claudio has become an advocate and model for a new way of living in the urban cities of Brazil by promoting and supporting responsible consumption, small scale sustainable food production, local farmers and businesses, as well supporting community living.
He models creative ways of recycling food wastage and human wastage, as well as water, while protecting the environment and bringing cost savings to local families and communities. Claudio also promotes the rescue of near extinct local seeds, races of livestock and other food resources.
Claudio is part Casa da Videira, a non-governmental organisation, which seeks to promotes sustainable living values and promote ecological responses to urban living challenges through courses, workshops, local campaigns and businesses partnerships.
Every month Casa da Videira collects 3 tons of organic waste, which is dumped in Curitiba's city bins, and transforms it into natural fertilisers used in the project's fruit and vegetable garden.