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Newsletter - September 13, 2020

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Dear Friends of Tui’k Ruch’Lew/Helping the Earth

  • Why environmental education is key!

COVID-19 challenges us like never before. But the next challenge, global warming, is already around the corner. Guatemala is among the 10 most vulnerable countries, and we are seeing the effects of the changing climate on the ground in Santiago Atitlan. Therefore, we need community leaders who understand the environmental challenges we are facing and who can follow the science to build a society that is resilient enough to meet future challenges.

  • How we approach the lack of environmental education!

We are starting an environmental awareness program to empower community members to lead innovative environmental efforts and develop sustainable solutions for their communities and the planet. We want community members to understand the importance of protecting nature and learn how to manage resources sustainably. Our ONIL stove project is a critical element of this effort, and we will build tips about how to use and maintain the stoves into the framework of this program.

  • What we will do!

With your support, we are producing a series of short explanatory videos in Tz’utujil language with Spanish and English subtitles. The videos will provide basic environmental knowledge relevant to communities around Lake Atitlan, where indigenous communities disproportionately feel the negative impacts of ecological degradation and climate change. Often these communities are not aware of the ecological consequences that await them and therefore act only as passengers and not as actors in the combat against environmental injustice.

Thank you for your support and trust,

The Tui’k Ruch’Lew team

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