COME BE A PART OF THIS LIFECHANGING EXPERIENCE IN SERVICE OF OUR EARTH AND WATERS!!!
The Call of the Water is the XV Vision Council Guardians of the Earth, a week-long gathering in the beautiful Lagoon of Bacalar, Mexico, that brings together environmental educators, activists, artists, indigenous and cultural representatives from around the world. This event has been held in 14 different communities and regions of Mexico and South America over the last 25 years.
It is an educational event that allows participants to learn about how to apply environmental restoration models, such as ecovillages, bio-construction and permaculture, through a bioregional perspective. We intend to reinforce our connection with nature and trigger social and environmental change.
The event is focused on generating personal, social and environmental change, and promoting the exchange of resources and knowledge among the participants, while sharing our individual gifts through arts and culture. The intention is to achieve a reconnection amongst eachother and with nature, and to learn about integral health, ancestral traditions and environmental and social restoration, using models such as ecovillages, permaculture and organic farming.
It is a completely non-profit and family-oriented event with the intention of raising the consciousness of our own capacity for restoring and protecting Mother Earth, her ecosystems, inhabitants and culture. It is a ceremonial encounter and one involving collective work. Our challenge is to inhabit a temporary ecovillage in such a way that when we leave, the community, the host group and the place are in better conditions that they were when we arrived.
The town of Bacalar in Quintana Roo is located between lagoons, wetlands and jungle where thousands of species of flora and fauna live, some of them endemic to the region. The area is a nesting site and home for more than a hundred species of mammals, 90 native bees species, 47 dragonflies, 219 resident birds and 120 migratory birds species.
Human population is increasing at a rapid rate in this hydrological basin, and the growing tourism is threatening the ecosystem. There are not enough infrastructures to treat waste waters, nor programs for solid waste management, and there is very little information about sustainable management of economic activities. Recently, five thousand hectares were cleared for monoculture, unsupervised by government entities, and human footprint continues to negatively impact the homeostasis of this fragile ecosystem.
During the event we will hold two forums open to the local residents; one about water, and another about food security and sovereignty. Amongst some of our guests, we have invited honey producers, fishermen and farmers from the region to participate in the forums.
We aim to build up the Transition Networks and optimize the collective mapping of problems and solutions in Quintana Roo, through a bioregional perspective. Together we will create new alliances to protect Nature’s assets and promote sustainable development in Bacalar in a way that respects Earth’s rights, all species, the Mayan peoples and generations to come.
This Council is a call to learn solutions proposed by the inhabitants of this bioregion and by civil groups, and to help interweave relationships between them that foster communication and mutual support. The challenge is to create a temporary village and carry out the event in a way that we leave the hosting site in better conditions than we found it when when we arrived, inspiring the rural community and the hosting group to become and remember we are all Guardians of the Earth.
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