Posted by: climaycultura | September 11, 2013

What Is Clima y Cultura?

Disappearing snowcaps in the mighty Cordillera Blanca, in central Peru, with the Rio Santa in the foreground. Dwindling glacier meltwater threatens all of Peru with future water shortages (photo by Jorge Vera)
Disappearing snowcaps in the mighty Cordillera Blanca, in central Peru, with the Rio Santa in the foreground. Dwindling glacier meltwater threatens all of Peru with future water shortages (photo by Jorge Vera)

“Clima y cultura” is Spanish for “climate and culture,” two powerful forces that shape our lives and which, in turn, are being transformed by the rapid onset of global climate change.

Clima y Cultura also is the name of a Peru-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to research and to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on indigenous cultures in the Andes, the Amazon of Peru and throught the region.

Clima y Cultura celebrates and advocates for traditional cultures by sharing in words and pictures the stories of indigenous people on the frontlines of climate change.  We use oral histories, photographs, videos, traveling exhibits and educational materials to bring these little-known stories to the modern world, whose aid is so crucial to helping indigenous communities adapt to rapid environmental shifts.

Another part of what we do is help interpret aspects of traditional culture for foreign aid organizations and scientists who are implementing programs to help mitigate climate change in Peru.

Please use the Clima y Cultura site to:

  • Learn about the remarkable indigenous cultures of Peru;
  • Understand why climate change is hitting the Andes and the Amazon regions so severely;
  • Hear in their own words from indigenous Peruvians who are actively engaged in struggles to adapt to climate change;
  • Find out about Clima y Cultura initiatives for 2009-2010;
  • Learn about opportunities to meet our funding needs;
  • Help our efforts by making a donation or an in-kind gift;
  • Contact us.
Posted by: climaycultura | May 15, 2015

Climate Change: Resetting Plant-Insect Interactions

Elevated CO2 and temperature are altering the interactions between plants and insects with important implications for food security and natural ecosystems.

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It’s not often you identify potatoes with campaigning, but in South America that is what we have managed to do. By pushing the drive for consuming native potato through a Facebook campaign,

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Recent reports from both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have confirmed 2014 as the hottest year on record. Average global temperatures and sea levels are on
the rise, and precipitation in crucial agricultural zones is diminishing.

The world can no longer ignore these indicators—and, particularly, the connections between climate change and global food security.

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Posted by: climaycultura | May 7, 2015

IYFF: New Brand in Peru Supports Local Women Organic Farmer

AGROECO launched project to help 40 women smallholder organic produce farmers meet the standards necessary to supply five premier gourmet restaurants in Cuzco, Peru.

The initiative aims to promote organic vegetable production, to supply hotels and restaurants with a source of nutritious organic produce, to improve household nutrition, and to generate supplemental income for the participating women smallholder farmers.

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17 cancer experts from 11 countries concluded this month that Roundup, is a “probable” carcinogen.

A recent report published in one of the world’s top medical journals concluded that Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best selling herbicide Roundup, is a “probable” carcinogen.

The report, which was published by the World Health Organization in The Lancet, said that there is “limited evidence” the weedkiller can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer and “convincing evidence” that it can also cause cancer in lab animals.

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In response the United States’ EPA…

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The Monsanto Company has two major types of genetically modified crops with two different aims: one is genetically engineered in a lab to withstand large doses of chemical herbicides while the second actually produces insect-killing Bt toxins within the plant.

The latter type of food is not as widespread, in large part because consumers simply are not comfortable with the fact that they would be ingesting a food that has been artificially altered to produce its own insect-killing toxin.

For that reason, most Bt toxin-producing GMO crops (mostly corn) are used as animal feed and in processed foods. But how much toxicity are you getting in foods produced with these crops?

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Cusco, Peru receives World Bank funding for climate change adaptation planning

World Bank initiative will help the Cusco area deal with floods and landslides, both of which could be intensified by climate change.

Posted by: climaycultura | February 28, 2014

Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Latin America

Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Latin America

The World Bank’s Disaster Risk Management team in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Region piloted a regional study and technical assistance initiative to strengthen climate adaptation planning for small and medium sized cities (SMSC) in LAC. The initiative’s main objective was to support SMSC with their adaptation planning for floods and landslides, two of the most recurrent climate-related hazards in the region.

Posted by: climaycultura | February 27, 2014

Climate Laws Cover 90% of C02 Pollution

Climate Laws Cover 90% of C02 Pollution

Over 60 countries responsible for 88% of global greenhouse gas emissions now have legislation aimed at cutting carbon pollution and promoting green growth.

Posted by: climaycultura | February 20, 2014

Peru says no to GMO

Peru Joins Countries Banning GMO Foods

Peru Joins Countries Banning GMO Foods

Peru is the first country in the Americas to ban genetically modified foods, putting  its food policy closer to that of Europe, than the United States or many of its South American neighbors.

Peru was the cradle of the Inca Empire, and today it’s home to many crops indigenous to the Americas. It has 400 varieties of potato alone, and a geography that allows farmers to grow almost anything. It’s also the only country in the Americas to put a 10-year ban on genetically modified food, with a law that was first introduced in 2011, and went into effect at the end of 2012.

Environmental ‘coup’

GMOs are organisms that have been altered via genetic engineering – and this can mean anything from bacteria, to animals, and plants. Supporters praise the ability of engineers to do things like create plants resistant to pests and drought, or ones that have higher yields.  Yet those wary of GMO crops worry about food safety, a lack of longterm research, and the potential for contaminating and even wiping out non-GMO species.

Peru’s new law puts its food policy closer to that of Europe, than to that of the United States or many of its South American neighbors. While genetically modified species can still be tested in controlled lab settings, as of December 2012, they can’t be planted or set free, and GMO seeds are barred from entering the country.

Both activists and many scientists consider this a coup. GMOs produced outside the country, however, are still present in products sold in supermarkets. A law requiring products containing GMOs to be labeled was passed in 2011 – but terms and regulations were never set. According to a study done by the Peruvian Association of Consumers and Users, of 13 basic products bought and tested for the presence of GMOs, 10 tested positive.

Activists say this is all the start of a long fight.

2011 legislation bans GMO crops in Peru for 10 years.

2011 legislation bans GMO crops in Peru for 10 years.

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