Two New Truck Generation Scania S 500 started a journey in Southern Brazil. 54 days and 14 000 kilometres later they reached Peru. A trip full of discoveries and encounters with the people of Latin America, to show that attitudes can change the world.
To be a leader in the shift towards a sustainable transport system, it is vital to be out in the real world, to meet people and grasp what they’re experiencing. Christopher Podgorski, President and CEO for Scania Latin America says: “We want to address issues such as energy efficiency, smart logistics and renewable fuels, electrification, as well as a new way of thinking decarbonized transports and logistics ecosystem.”
- 54 cities
- 14 different drivers
- 230 plated trees
- -7° C to 41° C
- 5,000 m above sea level
Born to preserve
In Santa Caterina in Southern Brazil, the Scania team met with citizens who act to preserve the Araucarias pine native forest with the future in mind. Local producers are connected to companies with values that rhymes with conscious extraction of natural resources. It is also a habitat for the right whale, a species that was nearly extinct some 30 years ago, but that has managed to recover with the help from dedicated human beings.
From water to wine
Mendoza in Argentina, internationally known for its wineries, is a region highly dependent on the melting water from snow and glaciers of the Andes. Climate change is decreasing the amount of snow that falls each year. The glaciers are shrinking, lowering their capacity to act as a buffer source in dry periods. Researcher Lucas Ruiz: “Future climate predictions show that this trend will continue. That is why local producers need to use water more efficiently to maintain a high quality and make this traditional activity sustainable in time.”
The skies of Chile
In Chile, the trucks came to a stop in the middle of the Atacama Desert. This was to understand how the excess lights from cities and roads threatens the potential of the region to become the largest pole of astronomical observation in the world in a few years. Astrophysicist Gaspar Galaz describes the darkness of the skies of northern Chile as a resource for humanity like water and food: “It allows us to connect humankind with the remote cosmos and find in it our own origins and perhaps our own fate. Only from this fact, we must protect it, like water and endangered species.”
A good recipe for Peru
At the final destination in Peru, a country where a large part of the population does not have access to quality food, they saw work on innovative initiatives to change this reality. Chef Palmiro Ocampo taught communities how to maximize the use of food, using ancestral techniques as well as inventing new ones.
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