11-year-old student plants the 100 thousandth seedling of the Jeep Biodiversity Program, which aims to restore the Atlantic Forest in the factory’s region
September 13, 2019 - "It's as if I were planting a new life." It’s with these words that 11-year-old Willyane Bastos, a student at the Diogo Dias Municipal School in Goiana (PE, Brazil), expressed how she felt when planting the 100,000 seedling at the Jeep Automotive Plant nursery during the Sustainability Circuit held on August 27th. Willyane planted a tree of the Camaçari species, which has medicinal properties and can reach up to 20 meters in height. The 100,000 seedling milestone is an achievement for nature and for Jeep, especially because the nursery that is part of the Biodiversity Program, the first project born in the plant in 2014, with the aim of restoring and preserving the original biome of the Atlantic Forest region.
For plant manager Pierluigi Astorino, the celebration of planting 100,000 seedlings reflects Jeep's connection with nature and the reality of the place where the plant was built. "We arrived here and found only one sugarcane plantation, but after historical research, we began to understand that previously there was native forest. So we wondered: 'what’s the best to give back to the community all the flora that existed before?' That’s how the idea of the nursery was born and today we have reached an important milestone", he said, adding that in all, the ecological corridors accommodate 295 different species, of which 27 are threatened with extinction.
Although the result is worth celebrating, the head of the Biodiversity Program, Danúbia Lima, says this achievement is only the beginning. This is because the project foresees the planting of 208,000 seedlings and the formation of 304 hectares of green area by the year 2024. "It was a very important milestone for the program, as we are, every day, rescuing and enriching our biodiversity. We see the rescue of fauna and flora which means that inside a car factory we can also manufacture seedlings", says Danubia.