Mexico aims to slow climate change by saving its forests—an approach that’s traditionally meant good work for external companies who know how to measure the carbon content of trees. But Felicia Line of EcoLogic says locals can handle the job even better.
A local community brigade is trained to measure carbon stored n trees in Chiapas, Mexico. (Photo: Carlos Herrera)
By Felicia Line, CarbonPlus Field Coordinator
Sara Camacho and her two-man team had been leading their brigades, made up of local community members, into the forest for weeks, leaving at dawn and returning at dusk, mosquito-bitten, snake-bitten and—in the case of team member Yoni Sima—feverish on the night I met them, but full of bonhomie. “I’m starting to feel like I’m married to you guys,” joked Camacho, a fireplug of a woman in her mid-20s who Sima and their third colleague, the burly Manuel Arana, address with affection as la jefa—“the boss lady”.
Read more about how local people are key to saving Mexico’s critical rainforests >>
A conversation with Rebecca Adamson of First Peoples Worldwide
Rebecca Adamson, Founder and President of First Peoples Worldwide
“If we don’t reform the economic system, we will never save the planet. Most of my work has been using indigenous principles from a subsistence economy and taking indigenous wisdom to reform our Western economy. But we need to get a handle on what true sustainability is. You can’t have these exponentially growing economies and sustainability; we have to emphasize sustainability over growth.”
Rebecca Adamson, an indigenous economist, is Founder and President of First Peoples Worldwide in New York. At EcoLogic’s 2015 fall benefit, “Turning the Tables: Nurturing Resilience” October 1, Adamson will lead a discussion on “Enoughness: Restoring Balance to the Economy.”
Read Adamson’s reflections on a sustainable economy, indigenous knowledge, and what she’ll be talking about at dinner on Oct 1 >>
Forest ecologist Robin Chazdon is helping show that secondary tropical forests aren’t wastelands
EcoLogic Board member Dr. Robin Chazdon’s research on what grows back after trees are logged or burned down was recently profiled in Science magazine. (Photo: Joanna B. Pinneo)
When it came to studying forests, ecologist and EcoLogic Board member Robin Chazdon took the road less traveled. In the 1990s, when many tropical researchers were scrambling to study tropical forests before they disappeared, she focused on what grew back once the trees were burned or logged.
Many colleagues worked in the forest’s shaded understory, an ecosystem celebrated in Hollywood films. She labored in less charismatic deforested plots in the broiling sun, covered head to toe to keep prickly bushes and biting chiggers at bay.
Read more about how Dr. Chazdon’s pioneering research is changing the way we look at secondary forests >>