Amazon: the Carloto family’s backyard

What life is like for one of the families working to conserve forests in Paragominas, in the Brazilian Amazon

Cirede and Bazílio moved from southern Brazil to Paragominas in 1997 to grow soybeans and work with cattle. In this piece of the Brazilian Amazon, that they have raised their children, Nathália (age 15), Daniel (13) and Wanessa (9).

In the early days of their business, the Carlotos opened up parts of the farm seeking more space for the cattle and soy, but respecting the boundaries for deforestation defined by law.

Today, the family is part of a TNC pilot project for enriching the forest area and makes a point of conserving the vegetation, which covers 60% of their property and guarantee that forest streams such as this one will remain.

Daily life for the Carlotos is similar to that of many families who are making a living from agriculture and ranching in Paragominas and are helping to change the landscape in a municipality that once lived almost exclusively from illegal logging.

When the parents of the Carloto children arrived, smoke from forest fires often blurred the vision of drivers on the roads, but, with a drastic reduction of deforestation in the municipality, Daniel, Nathália and Wanessa can make better use of the days they spend on the farm.

In the long term, the forest conservation initiatives will help keep the plantations productive...

...and preserve the spaces that make the lives of the Carloto children more fun.

On the farm, each child has specific interests. Nathália, the oldest, is a skilled horse rider.

Daniel, a fan of the cowboy life, likes to learn with his father about caring for cattle.

Wanessa, the youngest, likes being among the trees and seedlings.

A shared passion among the children is playing with Dora the dog. She is always digging up dirt and, since she loves jumping on people, she leaves paw marks on everyone’s clothes.

As for Mimosa, the macaw that lives free around the house, she has another strategy for drawing attention. She flies from one tree to the other, so as to always be near the children, and eats directly from their hands.

Bazílio believes that this contact his children have with plantations, forests and animals helps to create a mindset of respect for the environment, which is essential to guarantee that also the children of his children will live happily in the Amazon.


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