EcoLogic is working with community members to not only reforest the centuries-old Totonicapán forest, but to prevent deforestation in the future. As part of the project, EcoLogic, along with local partners, recently launched “Green Week” in coordination with non-profit, ArtCorps that uses art to strengthen understanding of culture and environmental conservation.
Traditional Mayan ceremonies, recycling contests, music, poetry, and puppet plays were all part of the week-long drive to promote ecological traditional memory through the arts and the preservation of the forest. Also, local artists and community organizations sponsored drawing and poetry contests aimed to show children the importance of conservation. All these activities were communicated to the communities through television and radio programs.
Read the blog by ArtCorps Fellow Isabel Carrió about her time working with youth in the area on art projects related to conservation. http://ecoblogic.blogspot.com/2012/05/illustrating-history.html
In Rio Congo, in the Gulf of San Miguel, EcoLogic recently helped to establish a Waste Commission. The Commission is comprised of nine community members and has overseen the installation of 11 composting systems and 11 can compactors. Also, the Commission has created and distributed a waste management guide to schools and public buildings while training a total of 93 villagers on proper trash disposal and composting techniques.
EcoLogic and rural communities are getting the word out and working together to establish a sustainable change in the Gulf. With your help we can continue the momentum and increase our efforts to protect communities, families, and the rich biodiversity of the Gulf through community-run waste-management systems.
Our partner AJAASSPIB won the United Nations Equator prize recognizing their work in leading communities to conserve, restore and sustainably manage local water resources! EcoLogic nominated AJAASSPIB with confidence because of our close collaboration with the community organization. We work to promote their successes so they gain needed support. Doing so also helps get the word out about the ways the EcoLogic community is solving problems. As part of our mandate to strengthen community governance structures and leadership abilities, EcoLogic was instrumental in helping establish AJAASSPIB in 2003, and have worked with them since on activities including reforestation; the installation of fuel-efficient cooking stoves; the mapping, legal demarcation and protection of watersheds; and environmental awareness campaigns.
The goal of the Equator prize of the United Nations Development Programme is to “recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” AJAASSPIB was one of 25 organizations world-wide selected to win from the more than 800 nominations received. AJAASSPIB will receive $5,000 for program activities and an AJAASSPIB former President, Zumilda Duarte, will travel to the Rio +20 conference in June. At Rio, Zumilda will participate in special trainings, workshops and networking events sponsored by the Equator Initiative.