5:30am, Sarstún, Guatemala: The sun has not quite risen, but you can smell tortillas. Women move in and out of their small houses, starting to cook for the day. Most men left home in the early hours to trek down muddy paths towards the fields. The day starts early here because there is a lot to be done. Here, a young man named Samuel Coc Yat measures old trees and plants new ones, checks in with families who have just started using fuel-efficient stoves, and talks to teenagers about the role they can play in conserving their environment. He is a field technician with EcoLogic, and like almost everyone else in the area, he’s Maya K’ekchi’.
Why do you support EcoLogic?
My husband and I first got to know Central America as adoptive parents of our daughter, born in Guatemala, and we quickly fell in love with the people, cultures and landscapes of the region. We wanted to make a difference and began searching for ways to help spur sustainable economic development across the region.
With my professional background in sustainable investing, I was particularly interested in supporting models providing both economic opportunities for people and communities and protection for the natural resources of this very special part of the world. When we were introduced to EcoLogic, we knew we’d found an on-the-ground organization making real and lasting impact — and doing it in a way that empowers communities for the long-term.
Climate change is a huge threat to the people & places where EcoLogic works.
Climate change is already causing a cascade of negative effects on the environment, human society, and nature. Central America and southern Mexico are experiencing these impacts in particularly acute ways because of their proximity to the equator.
Many of the approaches that are part of EcoLogic’s toolkit of solutions are helping local people in Central America and Mexico to adapt to the effects of climate change (and in some cases, like with our CarbonPlus program, mitigate its impacts as well). Reforestation, building fuel-efficient stoves, environmental education, and payment for ecosystem services projects, for example, all help rural communities build resilience in the face of climate disruption.
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by Madeleine Freundlich
On June 5, millions of people around the globe will plant seeds, recycle bottles, and start brand new clean energy projects—all in honor of United Nations World Environment Day. In a Filipino city called Talisay, families will start the day by walking through the streets collecting trash. A small elementary school in Fiji will hold a competition for best recycled art projects. And in Olanchito, Honduras, families at EcoLogic’s Communities Organizing for Watersheds project site will come together to clean waste from streams—just like they do every day.
World Environment Day has been observed annually since 1972, with the goal of inspiring people across the globe to protect our scarce natural resources. The day’s theme this year is “Consuming with Care.” The United Nations Environment Program is urging people to think about water consumption in particular, as humans can access and safely drink only .05% of the water on our planet. Due to thoughtless overconsumption, that percentage is quickly shrinking.
By Ryan Mitchell and Devyn Powell
Today, May 22, is the International Day for Biological Diversity—an occasion celebrated every year to remind us how important it is to protect the many rich and varied forms of life that share our planet. This year, the United Nations’ theme for this day is “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.”
EcoLogic and our local partners work to protect biodiversity in Central America and Mexico—the region known as Mesoamerica, and one of the most biologically diverse parts of the world—every day. But on this day of recognition, we are proud join the international community in this celebration of the amazing variety of life on Earth.
What is agroforestry?
Agroforestry is an agricultural technique that combines trees with crops (or livestock) to create environmental, economic, and social benefits. There are several types of agroforestry, but the main approach that EcoLogic uses in our projects is called alley-cropping, which means planting food crops between rows of trees.
NEID Pathways to Change Series Presents:
EcoLogic Development Fund & the Charles River Watershed Association
Wednesday, May 6
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
EcoLogic Development Fund
25 Mt Auburn St, Suite 203, Cambridge, MA