One of Latin America's most bio-diverse regions and a vital sanctuary for endangered animals, the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve needs ongoing protection. But in an area that is both rich in natural resources and inhabited by impoverished communities, this remains an ongoing struggle. We are therefore investing in the children of the Sierra Gorda, building understanding and respect for nature, and giving them the tools and resources they need to continue to protect their natural heritage.
Environmental education is disappearing from the school's curriculums worldwide. In Mexico, centuries-old forests and wildlife are under threat due to the decisions made by impoverished landowners that bring short-term economic gain. Sadly, the far-reaching impacts of destructive practices that include intensive farming, illegal logging and hunting are little-known among landowners, many of whom are unknowingly degrading the very lands they depend upon.
One of the main causes of severe environmental degradation and poverty is a lack of knowledge about the sustainable use of natural resources. Through our environmental education programs, we are providing communities with the information and skills they need to sustainably manage natural resources and maintain their environment healthy. We are educating youth about the environment, the significance of their reserve, and of how their daily practices can impact the ecosystems surrounding them.
Our environmental education programs are transforming the way Sierra Gorda's communities value their natural resources, wildlife, and ecosystems. These communities that were once the Reserve's biggest threat, are now becoming its champions. By continuing and expanding our environmental education programs, we not only maintain the reserve, but also support children and students that are passionate about nature conservation and protection.