A is for... Animals die. Because of the pollution in the river, animals die very quickly when they drink the water. Animals might drink oil or eat plastics which could harm their bodies. Plastic is one of the main reasons why birds or other animals get sick and die.
B is for... Bandeirantes. Did you know that the Bandeirantes were the people who discovered the other side of Brazil? They were important for the TietĂŞ River because they gave the TietĂŞ river its name and made expeditions there.
Clean.We know it is a little hard to think of the TietĂŞ being a lot cleaner at some cities. Indeed it is. The TietĂŞ is cleaner at Porto Feliz and Barra Bonita. At these cities, the river is a cool place to sit and relax next to it. Different from big cities where you sit and get sick because of the bad smell and the chemicals thrown in the river.
C is for...
D is for... Decompose. Can you imagine a plastic bag floating on the river surrounded by other dirty materials? It takes 400 years for these plastic objects to disintegrate. Of course you may think," throwing only one can won't make such a difference." But if everyone in Brazil thinks that throwing a can won't make a difference, then the river would be loaded with cans.
E is for... Everyone can help. Not throwing trash on the floor can make a big difference. Most of the trash that is found on the river is from the ground. Sometimes it rains and the rain pushes the garbage to the sewers, and the sewers dump it in the river.
F is for... Foam. All of the dirty water from big cities (for example: detergents) comes to Pirapora do Bom Jesus and Santana do Parnaiba. This is why there's a lot of foam at clean cities. When it rains the foam over floats. People who live next to the river have to close their window so the foam does not enter their homes.
G is for... Garbage!!! Garbage is THE PROBLEM for the TietĂŞ river. Garbage is always there so you might think that it is impossible to clean the river. Guess what! It is possible to clean the river. People are actually trying to save the river by getting sewers that flow into the river to flow to other places.
Garbage is found all over the TietĂŞ river!
H is for... Help! The river is screaming for help. The river wants to have a peaceful, clean time! This river does not want to see people holding their nose when actually they are the ones who have done a mess to the river. Help the river!!! HELP!!! We all
I is for... Increasing the trash. The Tiete is having serious problems because of the increasing trash that people throw inside it, so please STOP THROWING TRASH IN THE RIVER! If people stop throwing trash inside the river it would smell better and people could see a cleaner river. It would be better for the community!
J is for... Jealous of other rivers. Not only this river is jealous, but the people who surround it. People who live near a dirty river only wish the river was cleaner, perhaps didn't smell bad, but they are the ones who pollute it. So, if you live next to a polluted river you know how it's like. Horrible! Two good examples are the Tamisa (England) and the Senna (France) rivers, they both were once VERY poluted,
K is for... Killing the river. Do you know who is killing the river? Well, we do... you! You are the one who pollutes the river. You are the one who throws trash close to sewers that lead it to the TietĂŞ river! Try your best to keep your surroundings clean.
L is for...
Lock. When we went to the lock we didn't see much trash. That was in Barra Bonita. The lock is a place where two giant doors close and someone loads the lock with water until the top of it. Did you know that the lock has over 26 meters? And 11 meters of length.
M is for...
Measurement of the Tietê. Did you know that the Tiete river measures about 1,136 km? The river is pretty long don't you think so? Humongous! The Tiete river is so long that if you tried to take a full picture of it, it would not be impossible! 1,136km
N is for... Never enter the river. If you enter the river... ... you will get sick. Years ago, people would be swimming in the river. But now, thanks to us we can't swim anymore. It is not like the old days where even swimming competitions were held at TietĂŞ river. NEVER ENTER
O is for... Oxygen.There is only a little bit of oxygen in the Tietê river. Fishes need oxygen to live and that's why a lot of fishes die on the Tietê river. If fish get sick we get sick too. Attention this is not a picture of the Tietê river!
This is an original picture of the Tietê!
P is for... Pollution. Oh, yes, in the TietĂŞ river there is lots of pollution because of the plastics and the chemicals. And also because some industries throw things they don't need anymore inside the river. Not only the industries throw what they don't need more in the river, we also do that!
Q is for... Questions for the TietĂŞ. Our question to the Tiete river is: Why in the map does the river go up? Yes, we know there is no answer to that but this is something that comes to us all the time. Why?
R is for... Rivers. A river is a natural watercourse and usually has freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, a lake, a sea, or even another river. We think rivers are interesting. In some rivers, the water is so clean, that you can see through it's clean water. (Which is not the case for the TietĂŞ.)
S is for... Save the river. Wouldn't you like to have a clean river at your city? Well, we would! Especially if you live nearby the river, like Giulia! Gulia insanely begs you guys to help us save the river from this situation. Can you imagine waking up every morning with the disgusting smell of the TietĂŞ?
T is for... TietĂŞ. Did you know that the TietĂŞ river is one of the only rivers that goes up in the map? It starts at a city that is lower, if you look in the map, SalesĂłpolis, and ends at a place that is higher on the map. This is a really important fact for the Tiete river.
U is for... Utensils to measure the river. We predict that to measure the river you would need something over a whale's size, something extraordinarily long to measure the river. We think it would just be awkward if you measured the river in centimeters. It would take you over days, weeks... This is the TietĂŞ river. This is how it looks like!
V is for... Valuable. In old people's minds, they still can remember diving into the TietĂŞ. Good memories! We wish we were lucky to be born at that time. After school, in a hot day, you could just bring a swimming suit and dive into a clean river. That would be great!!!
W is for... Why can't we swim anymore? Well, that one is easy... because of our society! One of the cities most responsible for polluting the river is S達o Paulo. The city and the population is so big that more people pollute the river and all of the trash goes to Santana do Parnaiba and Pirapora do Bom Jesus. Swimming in the river.
X is for... X-Ray. If somehow we showed the world an XRay of the TietĂŞ river and let them know the real situation of the river, we guess, people would stop throwing trash close to or inside the river.
Y is for... You think that one school can't help? You are 90% wrong. Yes, a school can make a big difference. That is 90% of it. To get to 100% we still need 10% more, which would be the whole society helping. Come help us!!!
Z is for... Did you know that the river in Sao Paulo is artificial because they wanted to build buildings.
Zig-zag. The TietĂŞ river has lots of curves, so we called them zig-zags and also it is really curvy. From a airplane vision we can see really well that the water runs ''freely''*(in some cities) in its zig-zag form. *fast, freely, and with some trash.