The Project

Man on Road by flickr user Shahram Sharif

Man on Road by flickr user Shahram Sharif

We are aware that we are in the middle of a crisis – climate change, economic downturn, global poverty, are all but symptoms of a profound crises that will reshape the way humanity lives, loves and works. We believe that among the reasons for this crisis is the way we as individuals live, disconnected from nature. Modern consumption is one of the most pronounced expressions of this lifestyle.

Because we are aware of the crisis, we want to change. We want to live a life in tune with nature and become socially and environmentally responsible consumers. We call this goal living with Suficiente (meaning enough in Portuguese). However, we don’t know yet how to do it. We decided that we need to meet with and learn from those who have changed. We do know that only us and those who have changed are not enough, so we want to make more people aware.

To find Suficiente, we will start on the 1st of February (01.02.2010) with a 4-month trip to the Northeast of Brazil. During our trip, we will use this website to share photos, videos and stories of places we go to. By sharing with you what we experience, we hope to:

1. Increase awareness of a particularly urgent crises – climate change – by:

  • Exposing the consequences of climate change – e.g. affected communities, decrease of biodiversity, pollution of natural resources etc.
  • Giving visibility to people and organizations that work to protect or rehabilitate nature.
  • Helping to connect people working on social and environmental issues with each other.
  • Bringing nature to the cities by sharing pictures, videos and stories of the unique places we visit with our readers.

2. Find a place closer to nature:

A place where we can build a life more in tune with Earth and therefore with People.

3. Find the inspiration for the next step to Suficiente

Building a Pousada was the first thing we thought about. It is concrete and easier to explain to others than Suficiente. But the more we think about our search the more open we become. We might build a Pousada, a restaurant, run a reforestation project, an educational project, an NGO or start a PhD thesis!

>> Next: Our motivations

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15 comments to The Project

  • sabinenugel

    Hallo ihr Zwei,

    ich bin zum ersten Mal auf eurer Seite und es ist absolut spannend, von euren Projektplanungen zu lesen. Hier am Rhein schneit es – ihr sitzt in Brasilien – und doch scheint es, als wäret ihr ganz nah.

    Ich wünsche euch für eure Vorbereitungen ganz viel Erfolg, so dass ihr pünktlich und mit viel Elan starten könnt.

    Fühlt euch umarmt

    Sabine

  • andrdealmeidarodrigues

    Lindo Projeto, Nanda e Stephan!! Parabéns pela audácia de conseguirem largar todos os pseudo confortos urbanos para buscarem uma vida mais simples, inteligente e bonita. Espero poder acompanhar todos os seus passos pela web e manter próximo contato com vcs!! Beijos do primo: André de Almeida Rodrigues

  • Annalisa

    Feliz año nuevo!!!!

    In Italian we would say that your “suficiente” means, sobriety (for relating with things) and reciprocity (for relating with people)…fundamental values to be “good people”. I really wish you all the best!!!

    Annalisa

  • ANDREA LANNA

    VC E UMA INSPIRACAO!!! SEMPRE FOI NA VERDADE… FICO MUITO FELIZ DE TER CRUZADO O SEU CAMINHO NESSA VIDA E DE TER A OPORTUNIDADE DE APRENDER ADMIRAR E CRESCER COM VC! VC E MUITO ESPECIAL! SAUDADESSSS MUITA SORTE SAUDE E PAZ NESSA NOVA JORNADA!

  • andes_siqueira

    Sucesso na caminhada! E parabéns pela ideia!
    Um abraço.
    =]

  • Queridos Primo e Amigos,

    Muito obrigado por seu apoio ao nosso projeto. Este apoio nos enche de energia e é essencial.

    Um forte abraço,

    Fernanda & Stephan

  • Vielen lieben Dank fuer den Kommentar. Wir haben heute das Ticket fuer die erste Strecke gekauft… mehr dazu bald auf dem Blog 😉

    Liebe Gruesse auch von Nanda,
    St

  • Marcelo de Almeida Rodrigues

    Nanda e Stephan, muito sucesso nesta fase, espero que vcs encontrem o “Suficiente” da maneira mais tranquila possível… Estamos com vcs! Forte abraço do primo, Marcelo de Almeida Rodrigues

  • Pascale

    Bon courage Nanda et Stephan!!
    Wishing you all the best and looking forward to hearing about your adventures and stories! Gros bisous.

  • 'Brigado Marcelo! Abracos de Lencois!

  • Camille

    Wow! Que super aventura! Seguindo suas historias 🙂 Sending you lots of love from Israel

  • Oi Cami! Muito bom saber de voce! Da mais vontade de escrever agora que voce le nossas historias! Sempre lembramos de voce! Um grande beijo

  • mariaeugeniavaldesmiranda

    Hola estimados Fernanda y Stephan,fue una alegria compartir con ustedes sus proyectos que se igualan al mio que de hace tiempo realizo en la Praia de Tabatinga. Pasamos una tarde maravillosa y quiero enviarles las fotos que tomamos ese dia. A que mail las mando.
    Un gran abrazo
    Maria Eugenia

  • Joseph Wang

    My name is Joseph Wang. I’m looking to reconnect with Andre De Almeida. We were both interns at the OAS in 1996.

  • […] brief, the trip had a dual purpose: The main goal of Suficiente (enough in Portuguese) was to decide how we want to live our lives and to find inspiration for […]

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