Ecologic empowers rural and indigenous peoples to restore and protect tropical ecosystems in Central America and Mexico. Ecologic is always looking for ways to connect our partners to the skills and expertise of organizations like CAI that can add value to our collective work.
A key component of Ecologic's work in the Totonicapán region of Guatemala is working to preserve indigenous Maya K’iche’ knowledge and beliefs around forest protection—beliefs which have enabled K’iche’ communities to effectively protect over 50,000 acres of forest for the past 800 years—and making sure that that knowledge passes down to younger generations. To achieve this, we use several techniques, including leveraging the expertise of CAI.
Creative Action Institute, in collaboration with EcoLogic and our local partner, trained teachers from 18 different primary and middle schools in the region. Teachers are a critical population to equip: they can influence a large number of students and they can utilize the techniques for years to come.
Once teachers are trained, EcoLogic helps them apply those skills so that children understand and become inspired to maintain their unique cultural heritage which is so tightly linked to nature and its protection.