We Want Peace…

To finish up-dating you about the latest news of Vivamos el Bosque, I would like to share with you my experience at the United Nations Alliance for Civilizations (UNAOC) Summer School at Coimbra, Portugal!!

I was invited to participate at the UNAOC summer school held on August 5-13th in Portugal. I might admit I was lucky to be there and it has really been one of the most important experiences I had in my life so far. UNAOC promotes World peace, dialogue and understanding by presenting and uniting youth’s different perspectives and backgrounds. 135 youth were invited to participate, and Vivamos el Bosque was selected as part of the Education for Intercultural Dialogue workshop. I presented the biocentric foundation of Vivamos el Bosque and explained how environmnental education can promote dialogue and understanding in a multicultural and plurinational setting like Ecuador. After the presentation, we had a great discussion about the topic and I receive good feedbacks, and made some important contacts interested in contributing with Vivamos el Bosque initiative 🙂

I was already really happy with everything in Portugal. I met Baker, my co-fellow from Uganda and then, I found out that Florian and Katherin from D&F Academy, Germany were giving a talk and workshop at UNAOC! it was lovely to meet them and spend some time with them. It is always good to have my D&F family close!

That is all for now!!! keep checking the blog so you don’t miss any news from Vivamos el Bosque!

I am posting here a video of the 3rd UNAOC Summer School so you can have a better idea of the event! Enjoy…

Considering the last eventS in Libia, Youth speak out asking for peace!

It is easy to dream, isn´t it?

“To Accomplish Great Things, We Must Not Only Act, But Also Dream; Not Only Plan But Also Believe” – Anatole France

Dreaming about the life you would like to live it’s an easy task, isn’t it? You just need to put on your wings and start flying! Your imagination and creativity will take you to the most exciting places you would like to visit, or help you build as much castles on the clouds as you want, right? Yeap! Easy task! Nothing wrong with it since everything is allowed to happen in our dreams…

We all have dreams, and I have plenty of them! It would take me forever to tell you about all my dreams but there is one in particular that I would like to share. I dream on helping to protect one the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, a cloud forest located in the northwest slopes of the Andean Region. Why is it so important to protect it? To give you an idea the forest is part of one of the biggest hotspots of biodiversity in the world, it covers an area of 1000ha from which 80% is still primary forest, and it is an important water reservoir for the lower areas in Ecuador. In addition to the value of the forest, Otonga is full of wonderful people who struggle to cover their basic needs and rely on the forest resources.

How am I going do that? My plan is to develop an environmental education program for children and a social entrepreneurship program for youth in the area. I hope the program will empower young generations, give them hope, inspiration and the skills to live in harmony with nature. Keep reading the blog and check out how the project is coming along 😉