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.

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