June 4, 2012

Schools and Clean ups

2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (5).JPGAnchorage in "Sitio Forte"
2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (9).JPGPresentations and workshops in schools on Ilha Grande. Village of Abrao. Thank you Michelle to be our translater and organizer!

2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (26).JPGClean up together with SY Green Nomad and locals. Lopes Mendes Beach. - Read the blog of Green Nomad and see more pictures of TOPtoTOP.

On the earth-summit in Rio will be a lot of talking... It is important not to forget also to act! This was the main message during our workshops in the schools and clean ups in the last month.
2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (12).JPGStudents busy finding solutions for our climate at the "Plant for a Planet" workshop. Kjell from "Plant for a Planet" (www.plant-for-the-planet.org) joined TOPtoTOP and SY Pachamama to lead the workshop.
2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (13).JPGSabine in action for "Pachamama" = mother earth

At the Rio20+ we organize a big Clean Up to stress the importance of action by all of us: Please join us at the Big Clean up Event "TOPtoTOP-Rio limpa" Praia de Flamengo, Baia da Guanabara, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the 16th of June at 15 p.m.. Meeting point: TOPtoTOP Expedition Sailboat "Pachamama", Marina da Gloria just next to Praia Flamengo at 14.30 h.
2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (3).JPGButterfly

On Ilha Grande nature has a pristine flora and fauna. In the past there was only a prison camp and like this there was no tourism development till recently.

2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (6).JPGMany small fishing villages with small schools: We try to make the people proud about their beautiful island and the importance to preserve it.

2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (1).JPGGarbage is becoming a huge problem, because tourism is starting. At the moment the trash is separated and transported by boat to the main land for disposal.

2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (20).JPGOn the 3rd of June we organized a cleanup combined with a surf competition together with the National Park authorities of Ilha Grande. We found a lot of small pieces of plastic.

2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (24).JPGSome surfers painted their board to wake awareness for "Preservation and the trash problem".

2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (25).JPGSo it was fun! Even we started quite late cleaning everybody participated with big effort.

2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (22).JPGOn the way back over the rocks you saw "happy faces"! That's all about "sport and the environment", giving something back to nature!

2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (23).JPGThank you for caring too, next time you are outdoor!

2012-05-04_exped-report_ilha-grande (2).JPGAt the moment we are just fixing our rudders with our friend Marcelo, before we leave for the school in Parati and then head for the conference in Rio.

Posted by dario at 3:53 PM

June 11, 2012

Family Camp in Switzerland

The annual TOPtoTOP family Camp in Maloja Switzerland is from the 15th to the 22nd of July 2012. The Schwoerer family will make contact once with the camp by skype from Brazil. Interested to join the TOPtoTOP family camp 2012? Get in contact with Lucia (lucia@hunziker.gmx.ch)!

Posted by dario at 9:26 PM

June 14, 2012

Join TOPtoTOP at Rio20+

At the Rio20+ we organize a big Clean Up to stress the importance of action by all of us: Please join us at the Big Clean up Event "TOPtoTOP-Rio limpa" Praia de Flamengo, Baia da Guanabara, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the 16th of June at 15 p.m.. Meeting point: TOPtoTOP Expedition Sailboat "Pachamama", Marina da Gloria just next to Praia Flamengo at 14.30 h. Please bring your own garbadge bag.


The TOPtoTOP presentation is on the 20th of June 2012 at 19.30h at the Yacht Club of Rio de Janeiro just under the Sugarloaf Mountain. If you like to join please send an email to Gisele (gisele@icrj.com.br) from the Yacht Club so that you have no problem at the security gate.

Posted by dario at 11:24 PM

June 21, 2012

RIO 20+ actions


See the pics of TOPtoTOP Rio20+ side event "RIO LIMPA - CLEAN RIO" at the Rio20+ conference!
Many thanks to the NZ delegation for also joining our event and posting the pics on their facebook page.

Congratulation to the Swiss delegation under the lead of Doris Leuthard and Franz Perrez for their hard work negocitaing. - We heard that ambassador Perrez sleeps not more than 4 hours a day....may the best "athlete" in the Swiss team -

Rene and Kathrin - the heads of myclimate - are staying at the moment with us on SY Pachamama in Rio. They are great "climate fithers" and we are happy to announce that our partner "myclimate" and TOPtoTOP became real family and join forces. So next time you fly go to the myclimate website and contribute!
2012-06_rio20_rene_bundesraetin-doris-leuthard_kathrin.jpgRene with Bundesraetin Doris Leuthard and Kathrin at the conference Rio20+

2012-06_rio20-un-conference (8).JPGclimbing sugar loaf mountain in Rio with Kathrin and Rene

Here some more pictures about the TOPtoTOP action at Rio20. The funniest item was found by Marco. Marco got 40 years old that day and we had a pizza party after the clean up on Pachamama.

2012-06_rio20-cleanup-riolimpa1.JPGSabine putting the TOPtoTOP-SGS-VICTORINOX logos before the start

2012-06_rio20-cleanup-riolimpa2.JPGstart at Pachamama

2012-06_rio20-cleanup-riolimpa3.JPGfrom the Marina da Gloria to the People's Earth Summit to Praia Flamengo

2012-06_rio20-cleanup-riolimpa6.JPGall in action

2012-06_rio20-cleanup-riolimpa7.JPGHans our "Winkelried" with Salina

2012-06_rio20-cleanup-riolimpa8.JPGmore and more people joined our action and do the same at their homes

2012-06_rio20-cleanup-riolimpa4.JPGfinally the party on Pachamama till late at night

Posted by dario at 11:56 AM

June 30, 2012


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The Rio20+ is over. The crowded conference buildings were empty soon after; - left behind the unsolved tasks. A group of young people from 23 nations act and created a network of ambassadors of hope at one of the very last sessions. TOPtoTOP is proud to be part! Please inscribe the International Youth Contact List.xlsx if you like to be part of it too and email the updated list to Diana Morales (dianitami@gmail.com).

What we learned after the COP17 and Rio20+ is that big conferences are not the one solution to change the world. We all change the world. We have it all in us. We know deep in our hearts "the future we want". Now we have to act!
Please always remember "vision without action is just a dream - only action brings satisfaction!"
TOPtoTOP is all about action; please join us in our efforts for "the future we want"! See an example what we do.

Here some impressions of the conference:

2012_rio20-un-conference18.JPGSabine with Fabian Cousteau, grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The idea is to collaborate with his project Plantafish.

2012_rio20-un-conference17.JPG "Mr. microcredit" Muhammad Yunus

2012_rio20-un-conference16.JPGSabine with Jill Van den Brule from Soleil Global: lighten up the world - another sustainable example. This solution allows to study at night; - environmentaly friendly and at low costs! TOPtoTOP are proud to become ambassodors of Soleil Global.

2012_rio20-un-conference15.JPGUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: "Rio+20 has given us a solid platform to build on. And it has given us the tools to build with. The work starts now."

2012_rio20-un-conference10.JPGDario just trough the check point at the entrence

2012_rio20-un-conference11.JPGworking hard between the sessions

2012_rio20-un-conference12.JPGclimate promotion

2012-06_rio20-un-conference (10).JPGoutside the conference and close to Pachamama was the "People's Summit"

2012-06_rio20-un-conference (12).JPGcollecting good exampels at the "People's Summit"

2012-06_rio20-un-conference (9).JPGvisitors on Pachamama

Thanks to Fabio and Gratz Rio20+ was a success for TOPtoTOP....we had for sure the best smile :-) !Thanks a lot Fabio and Gratz for checking the whole family!

Posted by dario at 6:37 PM