The year 2018 ended with a great celebration for the community of Peruíbe, in the Southeast region of Brazil. Home to around 64,000 people, Peruíbe is now free from polluting projects. After a complicated legislative process, the municipal council finally approved an amendment to local by-laws that will prevent the construction of a thermoelectric plant in the municipality, which was projected to be one of the 50 largest in the world.
This was a big victory for the people, who mobilized and fought for months to protect their home. If materialized, the project would be one of the largest of its type in an urban area, in a region that is one of the last reserves of continuous Brazilian Atlantic Forest in the world.