October 10 marked the opening of a gallery exhibit for a cultural mapping project of the Ese’Eja at the University of Delaware. In his opening remarks, Dr. Paul Morgan, chair of the board of ACEER, posed an unexpected question to his audience; is the future envisioned by the TV show “The Jetsons” a future that we actually want?
So does living in a world that looks something like the one portrayed in “The Jetsons” sound like an appealing idea to you? A skypad apartment? Robot housekeeper? Three-day workweek? What could be better? Dr. Morgan, however, sees things a little differently. In fact, he looks towards indigenous groups like the Ese’Eja of Southeastern Peru for a more ideal portrait of Continue reading “Preserving More than Forest”
One of the many things that The ACEER Foundation does is provide field-based, experiential learning programs for individuals and groups from around the world. From May 9-20 of 2016, representatives from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) had the unique opportunity to participate in one such learning program. After reaching out to ACEER, DEWA was able to customize its own workshop experience in Peru with the intended goals of seeing first hand the effects of climate change and achieving an understanding of some of the different perspectives on and methods of combatting it.
Dr. Paul Morgan, professor at West Chester University and chair of the board of the ACEER Foundation, was able to accompany and lead the DEWA group on their trip. He witnessed the shift in perspective that occurred for the group when the itinerary moved on from the heady indoor PowerPoint presentations and sharing of ideas through conversation and lecture, to the more field based, experiential portion of the trip. Continue reading “Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s Custom Climate Change Workshop”
Victor Zambrano has dedicated his life to the restoration of natural forests in the Madre de Dios region of Peru’s southeastern Amazon, fostering ecologically stable and socioeconomically productive landscapes.
My eyes are open, but the world around me is black. The Peruvian nightfall has quickly cloaked our craft in impenetrable darkness. After hours afloat on the Tambopata River, the clattering outboard’s last gasps yield to the primal cacophony of countless rainforest creatures. The long, narrow vessel languidly glides to shore as our leader clicks on a heavy-duty searchlight, scanning the muddy banks for a suitable place to put in. No longer lulled by the moving boat’s breezes, I wipe fresh moisture from my brow. The expedition leaders’ anxious Spanish shouts pierce the night like verbal gunfire. Finally the group disembarks, hoping to God that the guides have found the correct clearing in this nocturnal landscape. If we’ve missed the path to our lodgings, there isn’t another human settlement for dozens of miles in any direction…
In recognition of 50 years of dedicated service to conservation, it is with pleasure that the Board of Directors of the ACEER Foundation presents to Dr. Thomas Lovejoy the 2015 ACEER Legacy Award. The Legacy Award was established in 2012 to honor an individual or individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to conservation in general, and conservation of the Amazon rainforest in particular.
I believe that we have a dynamic relationship to nature. And if you pay attention, you might discover that a particular plant or animal in nature will sometimes choose us. They find their way into our psyche and spirit and teach us things, if we are open.