In recent years, Plant-for-the-Planet has become more international and made its way from the main cities to the remotest corners, for example in Nepal, Uganda and Guatemala. In Mexico another Academy was held in May 20th, 2013 with the indigenous descendants of the Maya (they call themselves Tzotziles – “bat people”), in the Highlands of the Southern Mexican state of Chiapas. In Tentic, Chamula, 7 boys and 14 girls became Climate Justice Ambassadors. The gender imbalance was due to the fact that more girls go to school in the indigenous villages – the boys often need to help with agriculture starting from a tender age.
For the organization of the Academy, the Climate Justice Ambassadors from Tentic that were already empowered in February at an Academy in San Cristobal worked together with their teachers and the village authorities. Each indigenous community has an education committee that deals with everything concerning school activities.
Cypress trees were planted on a slope threatened by erosion. A nursery had donated the seedlings, not as usual in black plastic bags, but in used Tetra Packs! A good idea – please feel free to try this at home!
On another note, last June 12th, 2013 was held at school CEO Montiano Placeres located in the Jinámar district, Gran Canaria. The new 85 Climate Justice Ambassadors planted 350 Canary palms planted in the “Parque de las Mil Palmeras” (Park of the Thousand Palms), using the existing facilities fro drip irrigation. The City Council of Telde promised to take care of new palm trees and ensure their survival