Pocket (Forests) Full of More Change

Five years of urban forest transformation in real time

B. Lorraine Smith
5 min readAug 10, 2022

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Five years ago the Bosque da Batata (“Potato Grove”) was an abandoned urban gas station; now it is a swatch of Atlantic Forest, bringing shade and shelter for a range of urban species — humans included.

Trees have a way of connecting people

I was standing in the crowd at Sustainable Brands Rio in 2016 — an annual convergence sparked by visionary

— surrounded by Brazil’s most innovative leaders. I had just said to a local colleague:

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B. Lorraine Smith

Former sustainability consultant replacing ESG with reality-based insights about corporate purpose and impact. https://www.blorrainesmith.com/