„We are obligated to work for our holy lake“ Bolivia’s Environment Minister Alexandra Moreira. Die Welt online. Dem Titicacasee droht der Tod
Located at over 3800 meters, the legendary Lake Titicaca is in crisis. The lake has been contaminated for years and the consequences of this are becoming irreversable. Residents report that the situation is getting worse and that the water is colored. Animals and plants are already dying en masse and the means of existence for indigenous groups that live on the shores of the lake is threatened. Arsenic and lead pose the greatest danger to the 8288 km2 lake. According to reports from the WWF and other organizations, the unfiltered flows from industry, mines, hotels and private households are a serious problem.
This natural heritage site in the Andes, the largest freshwater lake in South America, is an important freshwater reserve for the continent. In addition to its essential ecological importance, the ancient cultures of the Quechua and Aymara peoples are deeply connected to this holy lake. The health of the lake as well as the animals and plants which live in, on, with and because of it, is necessary for the sustainable development of the food sovereignty of the many indigenous communities there.
Because it is important to us to be part of the alternative, was are starting the project “Mama Uma – Mother Water. The Good Life for Lake Titicaca and the Quechua and Aymara People”. (Mama Uma – Mutter Wasser. Gutes Leben für den Titicacasee und die Quechua- und Aymara Völker). In this year and next year, we will be doing everything we can to support the recovery of the holy Lake Titicaca. To this end, we seek to support the empowerment of the indigenous communities with respect to their cultural roots, the development of concrete approaches for water clean-up, dealing with garbage and the use of permaculture techniques, as well as intercontinental networking. To achieve this, we find it necessary that we address here in Germany a profound reflection on the role of Europe in the global crisis, but also in the process of developing an intercultural alternative to the Good Life (Buen Vivir). Intercultural exchange between Germany, Bolivia and Peru allows us to develop diverse perspectives regarding the above problems and alternatives. We would like to work with government organizations as well as NGOs.
We are currently working on developing a concrete conception and are looking for people and organizations that are interested in working together in this area. We will present a first draft of our conception on March 23. 2016 in Marburg. Ideas, comments and new helpers are welcome. Further information will soon be available .
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