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  • 37 References 24 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Portuguese; learning French, Spanish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Engineering
  • From Joane, Braga, Portugal
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About Me


Fight climate change. Learn. Love. Travel


I am Renato, living in Porto after 3- years in the UK, some months travelling and 7 months in Brussels. I want to do something about our beautiful planet but it's not easy to do something meaningful, so always trying to figure out what to do next.

I try to see the world from different perspectives... There are so many beautiful things to experience! That is why CS is important for me. Because it is full of people that are ALIVE! The less people have, the more they share, the less fearful they are.

Living a simple life, even if I have money enough to buy comfort, helps me keeping in touch with reality and appreciating good things when they come my way. It helps me being more humble and closer to how most people in the planet live. There is no yin without its yang. Life is full of contradiction, so we might as well embrace it


I have a contrarian approach to life. If everyone does something, it does not mean it is a good idea...


Wish nothing and you will have found enlightment.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


CS Paris Rendez Vous July 2011
CS Italy summer camp August 2012

I hosted and surfed more than my profile shows.



Wroclaw - 1 host - 2 nights (HC)
Krakow - 1 host - 3 nights
Budapest - 1 host - 3 nights
Zagreb - 1 host - 2 nights (HC)
Liverpool - 1 host - 5 nights
Luton, UK - 1 host - 1 night
Cambridge - 1 host - 4 nights
Crawley, UK - 1 host - 1 night
Paris - 1 host - 1 night
Faro, PT - 1 host - 2 nights
London - 2 hosts - 4 nights
Mumbai - 2 hosts - 4 nights
Madurai, Tamil Nadu - 1 host - 1 night
Locorotondo, Puglia - 1 host - 1 night
Trani, Puglia, 1 host - 5 nights
Eindhoven, NL - 2 hosts, 2 nights
Leuven, BE - 1 host, 2 nights


2010 London - 3 guests - 6 nights
2011 Oxford - 5 guests - 7 nights
2013 Brussels - 3 guests - 4 nights


Bikes, boats, reading, football, chatting, PEOPLE, classical guitar

  • boating
  • reading
  • traveling
  • guitar
  • camping
  • soccer
  • paragliding

Music, Movies, and Books

Pretty much everything I can get my hands on, which can teach me something about people and society


- Unbearable Lightness of Being
- Siddartha
- The Power of Now
- 4 Hour Week
- Death With Interruptions
- The Great War for Civilisation
- They F**K you up...a Survival Family Guide

I also admire very much British journalist and opinion maker George Monbiot

Music: Joy Division, Pixies, Placebo, Jorge Palma, Toranja, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, This Mortal Coil, Maroon 5, Skunk Anansie and Tunas! :)

Movies: Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Trainspotting, Tuesdays with Morrie, 7 Deadly Sins, Die Hard 3, A man on the Moon, Shawshank, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

- Being part of Cambridge University and working on a boat in the river Cam

- Driving across Laos and Cambodia on a motorbike

- Angkor Wat temples

- Snowdonia, Wales in a sunny day

- Geres, N Portugal

- Paragliding course in Kamshet, India

- Living on a boat in London

I appreciate the small details of life so sometimes I really enjoy something simple as a walk, a nice chat, a beautiful landscape. All these can be amazing to me and I have experienced too many to mention

Teach, Learn, Share

Everything we do uses energy. Most of that energy comes from extremely dirty sources, which cause climate change. Renewables can maybe provide 20-30% of the energy needs of most rich countries. Even this will be hard to achieve. We need something else and we need a lot of it. There are no easy solutions.

One day I hope to tour CS events giving talks about this to people who want to listen :) Read some chapters of Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air and you will know more about Energy than most politcians, journalists and environmentalists

I want to learn... everything I can!

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