Forest walk and activity for youth
During the months of April, May, June and July, the educational program held 22 virtual meetings with 681 elementary, middle and high school teachers and 44 students. Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda took the attendees through an agenda that touched on the following themes: current state of the planet (climate disruption), biodiversity in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, forest environmental services, the Zero Waste campaign and environmental awareness.
Teachers participated from the municipalities of Jalpan de Serra, Landa de Matamoros, Arroyo Seco, Pinal de Amoles and the Huasteca of San Luis Potosí State. The student group participated from Caborca, Sonora. Everyone showed a lot of interest in the presentation and some shared their experience.
With respect for the health measures created in response to the health contingency, we held a workshop at the Tonatico Ranch School. 24 high-school aged young people participated in the program called, “Nature- based solutions.” The agenda had many practices for healthy living. It included a forest walk to discuss the carbon capture and water storage in the Sierra Gorda, regenerative management of soils, organic agriculture, healthy eating, how to make preserves, gardening using bio-intensive methods, biofertilizers, and composting. The training includes talks about the biodiversity within the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve and environmental threats to the region and the consequences of climate disruption. We also shared our campaign to minimize waste with the final goal of Zero Waste.
In April we visited 82 businesses to continue spreading the word about the campaign to reduce waste. The businesses have made the commitment to avoid the use of single-use products in their sales. All together we have hung up 80 signs with messages about zero waste.
We had 12 community meetings with the 154 participants, all taking the necessary precautions, wearing masks and maintaining a safe distance. In those meetings we talked about the campaign to reduce waste and the prevention of forest fires within the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve communities.
Another very relevant activity during this time, has been the distribution of 5,161 didactic materials to teachers, who through parental committees have distributed them to students. In this way we have informed students about climate change and the actions that we should take to counteract the warming of the planet.
Two murals in public spaces were painted in this period emphasizing the need to care for ecosystems, with the words, “Starting forest fires is a Federal Crime.”
344 people participated in 14 clean up campaigns along the main roads in the municipalities of Landa de Matamoros, Japlan de Serra, Arroyo Seco and Pinal de Amoles.
Taking advantage of the rain, we have up until now delivered 9,085 trees for community reforestation. The species list includes: trivets, ash, a variety of palm trees, jacarandas, white cedars, red cedars, etc.
Clean-up days -separation of recyclables
Delivery of trees for community reforestation proj
Virtual meetings- student participants
Visits to businesses "Zero Waste" Campaign