Brazilian man with floating house of scrap strives for environmental change

Luiz Bispo, who resides at Pavuna River which flows to Guanabara Bay, stands close to his floating home what he says is an inventive set up developed by him to deliver pleasure to the area and consciousness to air pollution of its waters, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 21, 2022. Image taken March 21, 2022. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO – On a trash-filled river in Rio de Janeiro, passersby look in awe as Luiz Fernando Barreto floats atop the house he has assembled from scrap wooden, plastic and steel.

Identified domestically as “Luiz Bispo,” the 55-year-old who considers himself an artist and thinker even has his personal small round swimming pool and van on board.

“I’ve an unimaginable private satisfaction realizing that I constructed it with recycled materials,” he mentioned from inside his vessel, with home windows comprised of outdated wardrobes.

The principle goal of his floating house, Barreto says, is to make politicians take note of environmental points within the common vacationer vacation spot.

Uncooked sewage and rubbish have taken over the water of the Pavuna River that Barreto calls house within the picturesque metropolis of Rio de Janeiro. He scoops up soiled water right into a plastic container he makes use of to filter plastic and trash from the water because it trickles again into the river.

“If there is a product on the planet that is actually useful, it’s neither diamonds nor gold,” he mentioned, sitting on an outdated sports activities automotive seat he connected to the raft. “Water has all the time been useful, and all the time will probably be. With out water, there isn’t any life.” Barreto, who grew up on in considered one of Rio’s many impoverished neighborhoods, often called favelas, mentioned he needs international environmental activists like Greta Thunberg would come see the problems in Rio, notably the polluted Guanabara Bay that surrounds town.

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“Come to Rio de Janeiro, come assist us, come stroll alongside Guanabara Bay. … It is humble right here on my little boat, however it’s made solely of recycled materials. Come swim in my pool, the water is clear, come Greta, assist me clear Guanabara Bay.”