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Favela Heliopolis, São Paulo, March 2008 | by Roberto Rocco
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Favela Heliopolis, São Paulo, March 2008

Any discussion about development MUST include strategies on how to eliminate poverty. Modern capitalism and a so-called modern life style are still the greatest hazards to the environment (think of heating, light bulbs, over consumption, and so on). But poverty is immoral and abject. Places like Heliopolis (the biggest favela in Sao Paulo, Brazil), have no sewage system and no effective trash collection. Poverty is the main challenge to be tackled in the next years, and by finding inventive solutions it, we can challenge pre-established (and very naive) conceptions on sustainability. People's lives must be sustainable too. This was taken from a helicopter with Professor Luuk Boelens. This photo is copyrighted. In case you want to use it for publication, please contact me at

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Uploaded on December 8, 2008