Year 2020 Mexico

Purpose

Educate students and community members on the impacts of climate change on agricultural systems.

 

Local Climate Threats

Community members from Puerto de Santa Rosa report the following impacts:

Declining crop yields

due to more extreme temperatures and infrequent rain

Income loss

from agricultural declines

Reduced water availability

from lack of rainfall or rainfall storage capacity

Increased prevalence of pests and diseases

affecting crops and natural vegetation

Many people, particularly the younger generation, seeking off-farm employment or education, or migrating to cities or abroad

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Activities

Installation of a school garden and composting system:

The garden will grow produce for students and families and serve as a site for environmental education activities.

Collaboration with rangers at the nearby protected area:

Stakeholders prepared materials and constructed a keyhole garden over the course of multiple weeks, planting seedlings in March.

Work session at the primary school:

Teachers, parents and students helped clear space for the garden and moved donated materials.

Environmental education workshops:

During sessions held twice a week, teachers instructed students on the basics of climate change and the role of plants as carbon sinks.

project outcomes

23 students instructed on the basics of climate change

1 new educational garden constructed, spanning 50 square ft dedicated to crop production and outdoor environmental education

project design

Facing declining rainfall, many community members in Puerto de Santa Rosa have stopped planting crops. Climate Crowd partnered with a Peace Corps volunteer for this project, to provide climate change education to a local primary school and a visitors' center. Through the environmental curriculum, students delved into topics ranging from climate impacts on agriculture to nutrient recycling. Hands-on learning opportunities provided students and community members with skills and insight into climate-resilient agricultural practices during intensifying dry spells.

Student art projects and constructing new school garden for environmental education in the school