Projeto Grael: Using the power of sailing to tackle environmental issues in Brazil

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Life & Soul Magazine

Projeto Grael is using the power of sailing to tackle environmental issues in Brazil – everything from understanding habitat, reducing plastic to clean-ups.

The environmental education NGO founded by world-renowned Brazilian sailors Lars and Torben Grael aims to raise awareness of ocean plastic pollution and engage youth, children, and adults in actions and habits for reversing the destruction.

Based in Niteroi, the sailors and Olympic medalists set up Projeto Grael in 1998 to use sport as a tool of social inclusion for children and young people. It has since extended its reach to include environmental education and the rescue of marine life.

Torben Grael, Co-founder, Projeto Grael, said: “When we teach our children early that sustainability should be taken seriously, preservation becomes something natural. We can reverse the problem.”

Projeto Grael has helped approximately 16,000 young people in almost two decades since being in operation.

Sailing, swimming and vocational classes offered…

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