Matías Nieto Tolosa, Francisco Canindé da Silva.
Madrid (Spain) <> São Paulo (Brazil).
This documentary is the story of the resilient attitude and the common project of an environmental educator (Chico) in São Paulo and an architect (Matías) in Madrid, together through water.
Chico, after being fired for defending the integration of cultural issues in environmental urban policies after a tragic flood in his native city 20 years ago, decided to put all his energies to build a creative network around the powerfull capacity of water to communicate environmental education.
This story starts 3 years ago when architect and environmental educator, through internet, started planning a meeting to share their dreams and start applying them to social needs, Chico through poetry and social theater and Matías though architecture and urban planning. In January 2009, the architect travelled to Brazil with a domestic video-camera to register the story of Chico. After two years of e-mails, finally they will meet in São Paulo due to an international scholarship. They will start there an Institute for HydroCitizenship where will be started a set of continuous strategies involving education, urban design and community participation:
A. renewability of water-energy, through combined assembly of artificial wetlands depuration (subsurface flow), geothermal air-conditioning and micro-hydroelectric plants operated by the own dwellers after formative periods.
B. redundancy of systems, through intensification of low impact networks of transit laying on the structural capacity of rivers and streams' Public Domain, increasing its legal strenght, involving landscape plans, comunitarian restoration of biological riparian conditions and connectivity capacities of hydrographic fabric (human scale).
C. local eficiency & self-sufficiency, through closing cycles at least at 80%, reducing the water footprint at 900 m3/cap/year*, using the microbasin scale structured by river's public domain to apply the plans and microfinances (cf. Yunnus) aided by a State supervision to avoid the social vulnerability that debt causes at social economy level.
* Considering that Canada's water footprint is about 1800-2100 m3/cap/year, Spain's one is 2100-2500 m3/cap/year, and Brazil's one is 1300-1500 m3/cap/year (Globalization of water. Chapagain & Hoekstra, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Oxford 2008).
Resilience approach is necessary first in pedagogical environments, social awareness and political systems in order to build an effective resilience where you are with what you have! As water weaves all the biological conditions in urban ecosystems, we must find the certain connections between the vulnerability that urban society is causing to the waters and the social and urban loss of natural and social resilience...