Open up the newspaper, read a magazine, check out FB and it is no hidden truth that business-as-usual and international trade based on industry just IS NOT cutting it anymore. Food systems and water systems are at a pivotal point of necessary change, and all of our daily actions depend on the outcome. Well, what if you are an indigenous person just coming down the mountain in the last 12 years, furthermore in a “developing” country that hasn't distributed information about a green revolution yet to the public?
In the city, if we don't have physical space or time for gardening our own food, we make real decisions on how we choose to impact the earth through our purchases— our dollars vote the loudest. With so much information on the internet accessible to such a wide public, our decisions to buy organic, local, and small business are becoming increasingly more informed and accessible. Yet, to the native individual who just moved into the city from a rural village, encountering money for his first time in life, this type of information has still not expanded it reaches far enough into their regions. Therefore, as they leave a life of self-reliance and sustainability, to come into modernity for better opportunities of work and education for their families— they end up dipping directly into an unsustainable way of resource use, as most city-folk do. Additionally, the socio-economic standards in the city- at least in South America- tend to value three-story concrete buildings as “noble material” and look down upon adobe bricks as backwards and poor. As I witness this paradigm with the indigenous families moving to the cities like Cusco, Peru, I feel like I am being taken back in time when our ancestors came out of rural areas to live in closer quarters in search of shared human development which led to the establishment of cities. Little by little this development was infiltrated with the idea of cheaper material, no matter the environmental and social costs, thus replacing ideals of home-made local materials, to cheaper out-sourced materials like concrete bricks. The greatest paradox, is now that "developed society" is on the other end of the wheel looking back to indigenous life-ways to grow our food and build our houses more sustainably because our systems have begun failing, our indigenous brothers and sisters are making their way into the modern complex thinking their systems are outdated.
ECO CENTER SOLUTION
Let's consider how an eco-sanctuary in Peru could serve as a catalyst for indigenous wisdom. In the entire process from planning, to design, construction, and the continued experiential education programs, the Tawantin Sanctuary is fully dedicated to regenerating the earth through intercultural sharing and ecological commitment. We at Reviveolution view this as an opportunity to re-inspire indigenous insights in gardening and construction by implementing a middle path that values ancestral techniques and embraces the benefits of modern technology.
On this new land, we will be expanding our programs that empower native members and international guests to engage in sustainable food systems and ways of life that positively impact the environment and people around us. Through sharing permaculture and organic gardening practices on the land, we aim to inspire our neighbors to also choose techniques that willfully benefit nature- and understanding why its important. Furthermore, when we are unable to source from our own land, we will demonstrate how to make responsible choices that support our local neighbors and small businesses through conscious purchases. In the process of building, we will share experiential training & education with locals to improve issues of natural building (such as weather ware and tare on adobe walls) to model how ancestral techniques are not out of date. Not only will we (and international guests) receive valuable information about techniques of the area from the locals themselves, in exchange we will also inform indigenous families of the present green options now available- so we may all empower one another in responsible choices in growing, buying, and constructing.
Together, we want to serve as a living model where ancestral methods are valued as creating a positive human presence on Earth-- in the present day.
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