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Común Tierra Events in Costa Rica

Posted on October, 10 2011

Peace! We have been in Costa Rica for three weeks, and are delighted with the beauty of these lands and inspired by new projects we are visiting. During and outside of our visits we have been hosting some events and activities, and we want to share some new photos with you! These first shots are from a demonstration of the bike-machines in Santa Rosa National Park for students participating in an Ecological Education Program of the Federal Government of Costa Rica.   The kids loved Darlene, our bike-blender!   Ryan showing how to wash clothes by pedaling!   Leti and Ryan telling stories from the project for over 50 kids who participated in the event.   During a visit to Rancho ...

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Our visit to Nicaragua!

Posted on October, 07 2011

Hi friends! How are you? We are very well here in Costa Rica, adventuring through these Tico lands (as the locals say). We entered Costa Rica about two weeks ago and have kept busy with various activities including many seed exchanges, events and visits to various projects. But all that will come in the next post ... This post is to share a little from the month we spent in Nicaragua, where we found really nice people and visited some interesting projects. Nicaragua is a beautiful country with extensive coastline on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, many lakes and volcanoes. It’s a country that historically faced a strong dictatorship and had to fight ...

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El Salvador Losing Mangrove Forests due to Climate Change

Posted on September, 23 2011

This article was originally published by Al-Jazeera and can be accessed HERE.   Losing mangrove forests in El Salvador Rising sea levels are endangering a unique ecosystem along El Salvador's coastline.  by Ryan Luckey With disastrous volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and extreme storms, El Salvador is widely regarded as one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to natural disasters. With the impacts of climate change complicating social and economic crises, the El Salvadorian government has recognized that national security considerations must include discussion of environmental factors, leading to the Minister of the Environment Herman Chavez to proclaim Climate Change as ‘our number 1 priority’ in February 2011. However, as Salvadorians well know, when it comes to natural ...

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El Salvador

Posted on September, 13 2011

What’s up friends? We are well! Comun Tierra is crossing borders and latitudes through Central America. We’re now in Nicaragua, but this is a post from El Salvador we wanted to write, and because of the crazyness of the last few weeks, we can only publish now. It was August, rainy season here in Central America... After long hours of waiting for the disfunctionality of Guatemala border bureaucracy, we finally arrived in El Salvador, the third country of our trip! As soon as we entered El Salvador, we were well received by people always willing to help when we needed it, and we passed many beautiful days in the country, making friends and visiting ...

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Permaculture in Guatemala, Lake Atitlan, and Tourism

Posted on August, 17 2011

Lake Atitlan, as pictured above, is simply one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Situated in an ancient volcanic crater, several newer volcanoes surround the lake, and the dramatic scenery creates a magic that is felt in the air, in the water and in the heart. The lake, in the highlands of Guatemala, is historical and present day home of several groups of Mayans, who had lived sustainably in the area for thousands of years. However, Spanish colonization and appropriation of land has broken their sustainable indigenous culture, and brought disaster for the local people and local ecosystem. The story of Lake Atitlan is a typical story of the incredibly ...

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New Projects on Map!

Posted on July, 06 2011

Hi friends! Still following our visit time in Brazil, we write from the heat of Bahia! Ryan arrived a week ago and we are preparing to participate in a beautiful community event and also visiting some cool local projects. News coming soon! We write to announce two new projects on our map we visited in Guatemala. Maya Pedal has worked for over 10 years building bici-maquinas, or bike-machines, and their site has a number of manuals explaining how to construct your own. Check it out here. Semilla Nueva works with education and organic agriculture with local communities on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. More info here. We hope you enjoy... Much more news soon! Axé, Leti and ...

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Adios Mexico! Bienvenida Guatemala!

Posted on May, 27 2011

Finally! We made it to Guatemala! After almost a full year in Mexico, we are finally on to country number 2 of this journey, which should touch 12-15 countries in all. We had a wonderful year in Mexico, met great people, visited a ton of projects, and learned a lot! So far Guatemala is markedly different, while also sharing many commonalities with Mexico. The Maya civilizations extended well into Central America, and today indigenous peoples make up 40-60 percent of the population. About the size of 1 Mexican state, Guatemala is home to incredible biodiversity, including many endangered species. In our first weeks here, we've visited 4 projects: Semilla Nueva, a project that supports ...

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