indigenous Mayan heritage seeds in handmade seed pouches

THE MAYA SEED ARK PROJECT



 

Eco-Literacy
Ecological Literacy

The response to the need for ecological education in remote rural villages located in one of three remaining areas with the greatest biodiversity on earth has been moving with velocity since 2000. Each year during Earth Day week, there is a program for the children who are the earth stewards of the future. Adults are always integral to the program. Conferences at different times of the year are offered to the Maya.

Mayan children

These are some of the hundreds of Maya children served by the project. Here the students live deep in the jungle in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

The topics covered are on genetic engineering, ecology, conservation, sustainability, bridging environmental knowledge, gifting educational materials for the students, and schools. Resources are also given away to the participants.

* The activities have included sponsoring conferences for regional village elders in Quintana Roo, Mexico
* The first Women’s Ecological Conference in the Peten jungle
* Visits to many village elders, sounding the alarm
* Documentation of traditional edible plants and medicines
* Sponsoring authorities to international ecological conferences
* Presentations on genetic engineering at native conferences in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico
* Funding rebuilding facilities
* Funding a women’s center in the jungle
* Direct actions to better the environment in villages
* Interfacing with governmental officials providing consultations

The Eco-literacy Project has received more requests than there is funding for from communities and teachers in regional schools to expand educational activities in these regions that have little or no help. Support is needed for the Eco-literacy Project, with ever more urgency, to assist native peoples with informed choice regarding immanent environmental changes due to Global Warming, GMO, and Peak Oil.