Environment Day

Images from an “Environment Day” celebration held in the main Plaza of Praia do Forte (Brazilian equivalent of our Earth Day).  A giant whale from the Humpback Whale Institute made from plastic bottles dominates the scene at the plaza, while a group of local kids organized into a samba band play and sing songs to honor whales, turtles, and the environment.  Kids learn to make a variety of toys and dolls out of recyclable materials in the town square.  In Tamar’s visitor’s center, Tamar’s band, Casco Cabeça, plays a song about turtles while a throng of kids sings along.  At sunset, a rehabilitated green turtle is released back into the wild while almost 100 people, locals and tourists alike, look on in anticipation.