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Visit an Ecologically Sustainable Hamlet

By Betsy Bowman

On Saturday, March 3, the Center for Global Justice will visit GAIA, an educational organization in the eco-village named Los Carrizos in Sosnavar in rural San Miguel. GAIA, the Interdisciplinary Environmental Action Group, is devoted to promoting and teaching ecologically sustainable alternatives for rural farmers through its programs and projects. The founders of GAIA, the Caldera family, live there and are regional leaders in sustainable, low-tech methods of water conservation and use of solar energy. Their home is in effect a demonstration center of these technologies that can be applied to rural homes to make them more sustainable. They use and have on display photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, low-tech water saving systems such as grey water recycling, biological filters, a rainwater catchment system, dry toilets, and also solar stoves, solar water heaters, and the latest in environmentally sound adobe construction materials and techniques.

Travel: GAIA, ecologically sustainable hamlet. Sat, Mar 3, 8:30am. The Center for Global Justice, Calzada de la Luz 42. 450 pesos

Water scarcity might well be the global crisis of this century. It will in all likelihood motivate everyone to learn about and use these water conservation and solar technologies. They’re not just for country homes or farmers… they are for every home. Even in cities, we can put solar water heaters on our roof; we can catch rainwater, and we can even put a wind turbine and solar panels on the roof to generate electricity.

Marta and Citlali Caldera are also experts in medicinal plants. They will describe the medicinal plants, and explain the processes used to make medicines and creams.

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to see the future, right here in nearby Sosnavar.

Participants are encouraged to make their reservations early, as space is limited. One can call the office, 150-0025, or come by from 4:30 to 8:30pm.

Please wear walking shoes, bring water and a bag lunch, and please arrive at the Center for Global Justice at 8:30am Saturday, March 3, for a prompt departure at 9am. Price includes transportation, a guide and entrance to the eco-village with on-site explanations by the members of the Caldera family themselves. We will return by 3 or 4pm.

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