Education to Protect our Natural Heritage

by Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P
Education to Protect our Natural Heritage
Education to Protect our Natural Heritage
Education to Protect our Natural Heritage
Education to Protect our Natural Heritage
Education to Protect our Natural Heritage
Education to Protect our Natural Heritage
Education to Protect our Natural Heritage
Education to Protect our Natural Heritage
Education to Protect our Natural Heritage
Education to Protect our Natural Heritage
Education to Protect our Natural Heritage
Education to Protect our Natural Heritage
Earth Festival in Pinal de Amoles, Queretaro
Earth Festival in Pinal de Amoles, Queretaro

Every year during February, March, April, and May we organize 40 Earth Festivals with the support of teachers and educational networks such as CONAFE and Initial Education.

They are cultural events whose purpose is preservation, pride and demonstration of the Sierra Gorda’s roots and traditions, and its growing environmentally-conscious culture. Above all, Earth Festivals celebrate Mother Earth by involving everyone across institutions and generations, including educational institutions, fathers and mothers, and the general public. In order to reach out to the most extensive portion of the public within the 1 million acre Biosphere Reserve, the Earth Festivals take place in the larger communities to attend to the smaller villages and ranches.

Throughout the year, the local population is involved in a series of activities led by the Community Environmental Education staff, in addition to the two half hour radio shows on the regional radio channel each week.  The presentations by the students, teachers and parents reflect the culmination of the multiple activities and educational sessions that raise awareness thanks to the support of donors like you.

During January and February of 2017, 20 Earth Festivals took place in 39 schools. They attracted 89 teachers, 1,401 students, 382 children, and 867 parents from 20 communities.

Our team developed a culturally-rich program which consisted of original theater pieces, poetry and Huapango verse, songs, exhibitions of the school children’s conservation-related work, and a display of the culinary wealth inherited from great grandmothers. The mothers and women who participate proudly tell the stories of the dish and often admit they no longer prepare it if not for the Earth Festivals. We want to promote rescuing the regional cuisine and the use of local ingredients.

The promoters of the Environmental Education program also staged a play entitled Guardians of the Planet Earth to inform local communities. The play emphasized the environmental problem that is currently prevailing at a global and local level: Climate Change. It demonstrated examples of immediate solutions including cleaning campaigns, separation of solid waste, reducing the waste of water and electric energy, and local production of vegetables.

These events have a high environmental impact because they promote community participation and use communication to encourage replication of the demonstrated activities in the communities and schools.

Between February and April the PET plastic collection marathon is also taking place. It involves students of the Instituto Tecnológico de Querétaro (Jalpan Unit) that promote collection of recyclable materials amongst the population of the main localities of the region.

Thank you for your donations and interest in our on-going activities. 

Gastronomic Show
Gastronomic Show
Collection of PET plastic bottles
Collection of PET plastic bottles
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16 December 2016

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In order to strengthen and enrich the knowledge of sustainable practices among the youth that participate in the Sierra Gorda-Localiza Project, two Ecological Leaders Camps and two Environmental Awareness Workshops took place.

The camps were held at the Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda’s facilities in October and November and were attended by 181 students from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí Zona Media, the Jalpan’s UTSJR unit, and the Jalpan’s ITQ unit.

We screened the National Geographic documentary, Before The Flood and presented topics related to the proper solid waste managment. During the field visits to Rancho Tonatico and Casita Ecológica, students were able to practice holistic and regenerative soil management and prepare bio-fertilizers. They also participated in the practices that focused on ecological alternatives for sustainable life.

A total of 62 people that belong to the health network and the field of environmental engineering participated in the Environmental Awareness Workshops in November. Discussed topics included healthy diet, waste management, and documentaries that address climate change and its consequences.

Additionally, we delivered environmental awareness sessions in 12 middle and high schools and achieved participation of 787 students. Seven exhibitions of the students´photography projects were also set up in the schools promoting the results of the research they did about clean food sources produced and consumed in these mountains, and communicated viasually in the artwork about the sustainable projects they documented in the Sierra Gorda.

Lastly, we distributed forest tree species such as jacaranda, rosewood, trueno, ash, palm, and white cedar. In total 4,500 trees were distributed in eight communities. They will be planted in schools and community spaces.

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Students unloading tree seedlings
Students unloading tree seedlings

While local students have been on summer vacation for a good part of the last three months, all of us in Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda’s environmental education team have been hard at work organizing tree planting projects and preparing for next school year.

At last count, we have handed out 9,100 tree seedlings in 18 communities throughout the Sierra Gorda to be planted around schools and public areas. These trees, including species such as jacaranda, Mexican fan palm, poinciana, and Mexican white cedar, will provide shade, bird habitat, and aesthetic beauty for the communities of the Sierra for years to come.

In preparation for the coming school year, we are working with administrators from 10 preparatory schools and colleges to implement two environmental education projects. The first project, titled “The Environmental Outlook,” will raise awareness of today’s most pressing environmental issues, with a special focus on the Sierra Gorda, through dynamic presentations, participatory discussions, and documentary movie screenings. We will emphasize solutions to these problems and discuss the environmental services and benefits provided by the forests and other ecosystems of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve.

The second project, titled “Healthy Food” will teach students the importance of healthy eating and sustainable lifestyles. We will discuss how to establish a diet incorporating large amounts of vegetables and avoid consuming highly processed “junk food” high in sugars and fats. As part of the learning experience, students will have the opportunity to join us for an “Environmental Retreat” where they can learn the basics of a sustainable lifestyle first-hand and put them into practice.   

Now, at the end of another busy summer, we would like to thank you, our donors, for helping us carry out these projects. Your support is absolutely crucial in our efforts to “re-green” the landscapes of the Sierra Gorda and educate its communities!

Olivia Perez Jimenez presenting to local educators
Olivia Perez Jimenez presenting to local educators

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We’ve been busy since we sent out our last report! Between concluding our series of Earth Festivals, carrying out tree planting campaigns, painting environmentally-themed murals, organizing an environmental awareness workshop for local educators, and holding our biannual retreat for environmental youth leaders, we are working hard to ensure that your donation is money well spent.

To give you an idea of the reach of our programs, over the past three months we have handed out 6,800 tree seedlings to be planted in green spaces in communities and schools. We also painted a total of 7 murals in local communities - 3 with information about preventing forest fires and 4 with messages about conserving water. In our environmental awareness workshop, we shared practical knowledge on sustainable living with 25 local educators. The workshop included sessions on the biodiversity of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, climate change, and project planning as well as a trip to our field school, “Rancho Tonatico”, where participants were given the opportunity to put into practice sustainable agriculture techniques.

The premier event of this spring was the retreat for environmental youth leaders, held at our headquarters in Jalpan de Serra and an adjacent recreational park on the shores of the Jalpan Reservoir.  The retreat was attended by 40 high school- and college-aged youths from the region. Thanks to the generous support of donors like you, we were able to guide these youth through a range of informative and inspiring activities including forest walks, presentations on pressing environmental themes, practical demonstrations of sustainable agriculture, and participatory sessions on how to serve as environmental leaders in their communities.

On the part of the youths, educators, and communities who have benefitted from these activities, we would like to thank you, our donors, for supporting us. Your generosity is more important now than ever as we all partner together to create a culture of sustainability in the Sierra Gorda!

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Victor Perez leading students in song
Victor Perez leading students in song

During the months of February and March, 25 festivals honoring the Earth have been celebrated in communities within the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve or in zones of influence in neighboring states. Participants in these Earth Festivals included 4,442 people from 25 communities and 40 schools.
In each festival, the environmental educators of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda IAP (GESG) led participants in interactive activities designed to promote reflection and engagement. These activities included singing songs with environmental themes, an interactive theater work with life-size puppets titled "Emergency on planet Earth", and a short debate on environmental issues.
The schools contributed to the program of festivities through presentations on the theme of conservation, the exhibition of posters and, in some cases, theater works written and acted by teachers and students.
Meanwhile, parents of students created culinary demonstrations of dishes typical to their regions using local ingredients such as prickly pear cactus pads, tortillas of many colors made from different types of corn, and flowers from wild plants such as yuccas, oak trees, and agaves, all accompanied by delicious salsas and traditional beverages made from local ingredients. All told, these culinary exhibitions provided exquisite, healthy meals for participants.
To close out the festivities, educators from GESG passed out educational materials, such as posters with information on environmental themes (ecosystems, birds, amphibians and reptiles, and recycling) and, as a way to reward participating schools, handed out piñatas meant to promote healthy eating and other prizes.
The principal objective of these Earth Festivals is to promote regional identity in the Sierra Gorda as a way of strengthening the local culture of conservation. GESG's support in carrying out these events is critical for giving students and adults an opportunity to reflect on the importance of conserving the many ecosystems found within the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve.
Participants indicated that events such as these are critical to continue building environmental awareness at a time when the planet is in a state of environmental crisis due to negative human impacts, but while there is still time to act and spread the message about the importance of grass-roots conservation efforts.
Some attendees shared the actions they will take to protect the environment, including adults who will teach their children about the importance of respecting all forms of life, no longer burn trash so as not to pollute the atmosphere, conserve water, and invite more community members to join efforts to protect the planet. School children, meanwhile, indicated that they would try to get the support of their parents to prevent the overuse and contamination of natural resources, and teens promised to learn more about how to care for the environment in order to improve life in their communities.
School teachers pledged to continue learning about environmental actions they can bring to the communities where they work. They also indicated that they were grateful for the support of GESG in carrying out environmental activities because it allows them to assure that children and communities are being educated on environmental themes and that they feel responsible for caring for the environments, all of which results in better and more frequent community activities and healthier and more sustainable lifestyles that are less consumerist and more amenable to conservation and participation in community development.
We are grateful to all of you for the support that you have given to these communities in their struggle to preserve Mexico's natural heritage.

Students participating in interactive theater work
Students participating in interactive theater work

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Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P

Location: Queretaro - Mexico
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Project Leader:
Martha "Pati" Ruiz Corzo
Jalpan de Serra, Queretaro Mexico

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