Issue - May 2008



May 2008
Editorial

In this month’s issue interviewing Latti Ugrinovic about FUNACC, Ross Eventon brings us Lucid Dreams, Charlotte Mayhew visits our friends of CBA and tells us about English in Cochabamba, Walter Sanchez and the history of bullfighting in Cochabamba, Alejandra Kolbe facing global warming...read more...

May 2008

Conversando Saberes Que Germinan

“COLD” facing the global warming

Alejandra Kolbe
Fundación Gaia Pacha

The existence of human societies depends on the availability of the resources that surrounds them. For many years it has been observed that the climatic change affects health, water availability and food supply. It has been foreseen that in the short and long term these changes will have more negative affects on the socio-cultural, economic and political global patterns.

The rains provoked by “la niña” created floods in more than 11 thousand agrologic hectares all over the country, leaving more than 40 thousand families affected (La Tierra, 14/02/08; Centro de Noticias ONU, 15/02/08). However, the annual deforestation rate remains stable at 270.333 hectares per year (Rojas et al., 2003). In the following images you can see the scale of human interference over the environment.

Santa Cruz: lowlands deforestation. The left satellite image was taken in 1975, where a dense forest can be seen. In the right image the same zone is observed in 2003 (UNEP, 2008). Every day we can feel the effects of climate change, but in spite of this it has been proved that humans do not care about taking any positive action in order to live in harmony with the environment.

Climatic Change is not only a Scientific Matter.

The Gaia Pacha Foundation is a group of young environmental engineers, and they are trying to find out how people perceive, live and modify their lives in relation to climate change. They believe that in most cases climate change is studied from a scientific and technical perspective, but the Gaia Pacha project, named: “Conversando saberes que germinan” (Talking about Ideas that Grow), intends to approach the subject through human natures perspective.

Conversando Saberes que Germinan

The programs main objective is to generate a platform of knowledge that integrates our awareness and behavioural changes. It is part of an active strategy to help us adapt our lives towards the Continental Cono Sur climate change. This objective is based on compiling information for everyone on subjects such as people’s daily perceptions, and their experiences of how they have adapted to the effects caused by the climatic change.

As well, we propose to integrate the knowledge of different groups through an intercultural exchange, everyday they will have conversations about the topic and take part in fieldwork. Finally, the project will hold awareness and diffusion workshops and an “attention platform.”

The “attention platform” will be designed to reinforce people’s awareness, and it will also be able to help peoplemake a choice about Climate Change and what they feel they should do about it.

The platform will include: a written document with the results from all the investigations, an audiovisual documentary, photographs and other materials to make people aware of the situation.

How can you support our initiative?

The Gaia Pacha Foundation is a non profit organization, that uses its own resources for the realization of the project. However, we ask for help to the civil society to join our fight, which we consider collective.

We need contacts in the Continental Cono Sur countries to enable access to different human groups, so that we can develop our investigation.

On the other hand we look for public or private entities, and people in general, to support the initiative by financing or sponsoring our entity.

Cultural Agenda
(May 2008)

Teatro Adela Zamudio

Viernes 02 al domingo 04
Presentación de Casa Teatro

Jueves 08
Recital Amerindia

Viernes 09
Concierto de Guitarra

Teatro Achá

Viernes 02 Al Domingo 04
Presentación de Academia
Folklore Del Mundo

Lunes 05 Al Martes 06
Presentación de Taller De Violín

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