Environmental Education in Mexico City (CICEANA)


Hi Everybody, Alex with Cornell University.
I’ve been curious about environmental education in Mexico – a country with rich cultures
and huge biodiversity. Now we will visit CICEANA – the North American
Center for Environmental Information and Communication located in the City of Mexico.
Let’s learn about their projects that they are conducting in the city. Hi, my name is Margie Simon.
I’m the Director of CICEANA, the North American Center for Environmental Information and Communication.
We are located in Mexico City, where we dedicate the efforts of the whole group of people to
making life more sustainable through education, community projects; we work in education with
schools, in schools, and in our headquarters where we have visits in the park. We are in
a 40-hectares park in the middle of Mexico City.
We do green roofs, sustainable development, sustainable green buildings, green walls.
We do a lot of projects to help bring people closer to a better way of life.
We work with a lot of children in schools. We receive close to 15 thousand kids every
year come to visit us in our headquarters – where they are immersed in a day program
on sustainable development. We have summer camps during the summer. And
we’ve worked over the past 15 years in close to 50 schools doing schoolyard gardens – with
a project that helps them understand their relationship to nature – given that most
of these children are from a highly urbanized area.
We also work in rural areas with sustainable projects. We teach the people how to build
the projects and maintain the projects, so they can not only live better, but understand
how to do that. And now I will ask some of my colleagues to
explain some of the projects in-detail Hi, my name is Edgar Ramírez.
I work at CICEANA AC in Mexico. I am responsible for the school gardens project.
Here we have one of school gardens in which teachers and students can
work on different subjects of the primary education curriculum.
The work my organization does with this gardens project is to generate green
school areas, in which teachers can integrate various themes into school curriculum,
can conduct classes in science, math geography; can talk about food,
from where it comes from, and some teachers have used gardens even for foreign language classes
such as English to help students expand their vocabulary.
This project has many benefits because it creates many green areas in schools,
strengthens team work in schools, Teachers’ leadership is very important
to run such projects. Our organization does not come here
to implement the project; we are assisting schools to install
and maintain their gardens. During these years we’ve had very rich
experiences, and now we are developing a manual, which will help other schools
to replicate this project wherever they are. My name is Angélica Troncoso.
I am in charge of coordination of the visitor program of the green roof of
INFONAVIT (Instituto del Fondo Nacional de la Vivienda) in which we are at this moment.
This green roof, in addition to offering various ecosystem services and economic benefits,
is also offering a host of social benefits This is an open public space,
which is open both for the Institute and for
external public, which has visited us through different
programs that we offer in this space. These visits are focused on highlighting
this space as a green space where we discuss various themes such as
biodiversity, climate change, food security, and natural spaces. These themes are focused on space,
and we promote the importance of such spaces for
the development of the city. During my visit I’ve noticed that Mexican
people are very proud of their diverse country, beautiful nature, and rich ecosystems. Organizations
like CICEANA help these people to conserve and enjoy natural resources in and outside
the city.

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