AN EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP EXPLORING THE IMPACTS OF GLOBALIZATION
The ecologically rich tropical rainforests of the Amazon encompass some of the world’s most remote and least explored areas. These areas are home to millions of indigenous highland people, including the Yanesha. The Yanesha are intent on preserving their culture and protecting the land reserved to them to protect important fauna that sustain their communities. The reserve is often under threat from oil companies, logging, mining, cattle farming, and other illegal activity. Historically, the Yanesha people relied on a natural economic system, depending upon a balanced environment for subsistence agriculture, hunting, and fishing. They thrived in these traditional systems without connections to global economic and environmental systems, but the impact of colonial culture over 150 years ago produced dramatic changes, including: the development and reliance on cash crops, such as coffee, and a new set of challenges along with them.
In Peru, 7 Elements focuses our programs on the unique mixture of cultures, values, socio-economic identities and environmental conservation strategies. Together with our local leaders and partners, we show students the importance of eco-conscious strategies and the role that these play in the lives of the indigenous peoples of Peru.
Location and Partners
7e’s Home Base in Peru is located in Finca Santa Rosa, a small international award winning coffee farm 10 minutes outside of Villa Rica.
7e partners with some of the indigenous tribes of Peru where we learn about traditions and practices closely intertwined with the natural environment.