Waverli is our newest member of the Pop-Up-Foundation network and is based in Brasil, where she is based in Santo André, she describes her work and life below, but first a brief film.
My name is Waverli Maia Matarazzo Neuberger. I’m 57, married and with one beautiful daughter. I lived all my life in a very challenging and amazing place, Santo André, an industrial city located in the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo, still surrounded by areas covered with Atlantic Rainforest. My passion for nature and for this forest and the will to conserve it and reveals its importance on our community guided and created my path. I got a bachelor degree in biology and a master and PhD, researching the Atlantic rainforest where I live, and studying its interface with the cities, and with water. I’ve been involved with higher education for 32 years, first as a lecturer at a small local college and then as a professor at the Methodist University of Sao Paulo. From 1993 to 1996 I was responsible for the environmental chair of Santo Andre city hall. Three other programs highly influenced my actual thinking: Education for Sustainability, an one year program offered by Schumacher College, 2008; Cultural Biology from the Escuela Matriztica de Santiago, 2009 to 2012 and Theory U Master Class, 2010 to 2012. Today I’m a professor on conservation biology, and a coordinator of the Environmental Management undergraduate program and of the Sustainability Centre.