Grassroots Sustainability Education for Children in Mexico

by Richard Lakin
Aug 27, 2015 12:30 PM ET

A large ceiba tree shades the center courtyard of the Ceiba Pentandra Park in Mérida, Mexico. The Mayans called the ceiba tree Yaaxché, and believed that it connected the underworld, the earthly realm, and the skies. Today, the site of this particular ceiba connects children to the unique environmental heritage of the state of Yucatán, as well as to a sense of sustainability awareness.  

The park is the vision of Maritza Morales Casanova, the founder of HUNAB (in English: Humanity United to Nature in Harmony for Beauty, Welfare, and Goodness), an environmental organization that teaches and certifies young peer educators that then share their sustainability training with other children in their own communities. The HUNAB park also provides schoolteachers with the resources to deliver biodiversity education in their classrooms. 

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Richard Lakin is co-founder of 18 rabbits digital media. Named after the Mayan king (695-738 AD) who supported the arts during his reign in Central America, 18 rabbits digital media promotes social entrepreneurs, international development, educational institutions, NGOs, corporate social responsibility, non-profits, and community outreach projects through a strategic program of multimedia and internet distribution.