Entry type: Single project

Country/area: Brazil

Publishing organisation: TV ALESP

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 2022-12-19

Language: Portuguese

Authors: Marcia Flôres, Talis Maurício, Artur Neves, Venceslau Borlina Filho, Bruno Santos, Jonas Muniz, Jovanilton Souza, Leonardo Leonardi, Rodolfo Muniz, Leonardo Liébana, Mateus Caselato


I am a journalist with 12 years of experience, graduated in Social Communication with specialization in Journalism. I have experience in print and online journalism, radio journalism and mainly television, where I worked for the last seven years. My greatest experience is with investigative journalism, I made investigative reports that were awarded with more than 15 national and international awards, such as the King of Spain. I have experience with coverage in the Amazon and throughout South America, mainly on topics such as: drug trafficking, labor exploitation, environmental exploitation, human trafficking, sexual exploitation, human rights violations, border weaknesses.

Project description:

This is a documentary produced by TV Alesp in partnership with TV Câmara, about microplastics and their impact on the environment. The documentary focused on data from different environmental institutions, such as the UN, WWF and NGOs to translate the reality of the negative impact of microplastics on nature. It has been shown that the material takes another 500 years to decompose and that it is present everywhere including in our food. mainly showed the impact of microplastics on marine life, through plastic waste discarded in the oceans, an ecosystem responsible for more than half of the air we breathe.

Impact reached:

The documentary provokes the discussion of various themes related to solid waste policy. It draws attention to the social and environmental impacts of implementing necessary and urgent policies for the preservation of the planet. It shows the impact on the lives of those who make a living from recycling and shows that it is possible to change reality.

Techniques/technologies used:

Drones, portable cameras, photo cameras, computers, notebooks, cell phone applications such as Zoom, for capturing aerial images and conducting interviews.

Context about the project:

The documentary mainly showed the impact of microplastics on marine life, through plastic waste discarded in the oceans, an ecosystem responsible for more than half of the air we breathe. Attention was also drawn to the importance of recycling the material in Brazil, which is one of the largest producers in the world. We tell stories of people who got involved in the fight and who discovered in plastic recycling a more sustainable and profitable way of life. Stories of Brazilians who make collecting this material their main source of income and others who make art with material deposited in nature. Success stories that go beyond the borders of the country. MEMBERSHIP
For this documentary, we gathered information and data that were necessary for its production, such as the United Nations Environmental Development Program, NGOs such as WWF, Recrie Ambiental, The Ocean Cleanup and other environmental, social, public and private organizations that were researched. and work with microplastic. In addition, stories of recyclers, collectors of recyclable materials and artisans who are part of this context were essential to show the importance of the impact of microplastic recycling on society and the environment.
The documentary, by addressing the issue of microplastics, achieves some of the main Sustainable Development Goals to a broad extent:

What can other journalists learn from this project?

That even in a country where the environment agenda is full of political agendas and politicians’ personal interests, it is possible to explore different environmental themes with the support of reliable institutions and denounce the need to implement public policies for the preservation of the environment

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