Earth Care can be taken to mean caring for the living soil. The state of the soil is often the best measure for the health and well-being of society. There are many different techniques for looking after soil, but the easiest method to tell if soil is healthy is to see how much life exists there.
Our forests and rivers are the lungs and veins of our planet, that help the Earth live and breathe, supporting many diverse life forms. All life forms have their own intrinsic value, and need to be respected for the functions that they perform – even if we don’t see them as useful to our needs.
By reducing our consumption of ‘stuff’, we reduce our impact on the environment, which is the best way to care for all living things.
Since 1990, GVI has been honored to partner with the Maya Mountain Research Farm near San Pedro Columbia, Toledo District, Belize. By rediscovering and implementing ancient methods and practices, the farm provides an example of integrated, climate-resilient agroforestry, supplying food security and training in sustainable, multifaceted microenterprise to the indigenous population. After more than 30 years of development, its program provides a modern standard for regenerative human ecology.