By: L.P. Karla R. Carrillo Salinas
Through various international commemorations, the United Nations calls on people and countries of good will to join efforts to raise their voices and actions in favor of life on this beautiful and majestic planet. There is no doubt that more and more people are interested in participating, each one with our “grain of sand” contributing with concrete actions, regardless of their size, thus being the best way to celebrate our commitment to the Planet that welcomes us.
This month we commemorate our beautiful common home, celebrating International Mother Earth Day, an expression that has been used in different countries to refer to the planet that all living beings inhabit and share; and that highlights the relationship that exists between all and how important nature is to sustain human life, and that of all species. Thinking about “Mother Earth” can unleash a series of feelings of kindness and generosity, but also concern and curiosity about the environmental problems of our times.
Sitting down to talk about environmental issues could take hours of discussion and debate. This is because in reality there is not just one environmental problem, but a complex web of environmental problems. Thinking about our planet and its biodiversity, including the controversial human species, is not a simple task. Human knowledge is complex, as are the processes in which we develop day by day. But the process becomes simple if we remember that there is a deep, and sometimes invisible and subtle connection between all the phenomena in which we humans participate with our environment, or what we call: interconnection.
We can make it easier to understand the world around us with systemic thinking, which, together with scientific, critical and complex thinking, leads us by the hand to make an outline of environmental problems and in this way, with hope, science and creativity, we can propose a thousand and one solutions that may be within reach to heal our relationship with nature in our common home.
In our locality we have witnessed how collective and organized social action can unleash an unstoppable process of articulated solutions between civil society and the authorities. The Madin Dam is being recovered after many years of environmental problems, thanks to the leadership of a young girl, who managed to unify the voices and struggles for the rescue of the dam.
Who has not heard the expression “if you come with a problem, bring a solution”? It makes us reflect on the importance of hope and creative and divergent thinking. Far from looking at these problems with pessimism, we should look at them with all the hope in the world, for this is our Planet Earth.
For seven years now, we have placed environmental education for sustainability as a primary component in forming and fostering environmental leadership. When we decided to design and host a K-12 curriculum on sustainability, we began a wonderful journey of transformation for the love of our Mother Earth.
Our students and teachers have found an opportunity and a space to reflect and be agents of change on issues such as: climate change, waste management and disposal, consumption habits, efficient use of water and energy, care and rescue of public spaces, alternative forms of transportation, renewable energies, food, food sovereignty, and air pollution. Those of us who learn here have taken into our hands and hearts the opportunities to reduce our personal, family and institutional carbon footprint.
From 2015 to 2021 we have managed to transform our waste into 29,600 kg of recyclable materials, which keeps them as recoverable and active in the production cycles. In this way our paper, cardboard, PET plastic, aluminum, scrap metal, tetrapak, bottle caps, electronics, batteries, organic waste, did not contaminate a landfill. This was achieved with the integration of our sustainability curriculum and various programs, such as the Chinampera Compost, being the pioneer school in the Northern Zone of Mexico City in integrating this system of Biofertilizer Production in our facilities, managing to process our organic waste since 2016 and integrating the fertilizer in our School Garden.
Thus, our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (4, 11 and 13) of the United Nations is maintained over time, positively impacting with more than:
- 1000 students involved in sustainability learning activities and climate action
- 3oo trees saved, necessary to provide oxygen to 50 people *
- 6000,00 liters of water, which is the amount of water that 1,576 people will use in one day*
- 55 tons of C02 prevented, which is the amount that 450,00 cars produce per km traveled *
- 135,000 kW/hr, which is the energy needed to charge 10,971,389 cell phones*.
It takes a dose of love and courage to take the first step. Our projects are possible thanks to the loving work of students, parents, teachers, administrative and maintenance staff, who are concerned about reducing our negative environmental impact. It has been a journey of learning, of effort and, above all, it has been a team achievement. Thank you!
We firmly believe that the learning about sustainability that has taken place on our campus over the years is the voice of hope made real. It is possible to change our habits and our actions. Don’t miss the recycling experiences, don’t miss the opportunities to reduce your trash, or to imagine and build a better world, with love for our Mother Earth!