A note from Theo Ferguson, Vital Systems:
I have recently returned from a four-month sabbatical to investigate what behaviors from the perspective of “people who live with life" can effectively influence the perspective of "people who take." The first phase of my sabbatical included a Spanish immersion at Casa Rosario in San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, formed from a volcanic eruption 1.5 million years ago.
For those of you who have served in the Peace Corps or know and love the vibrant colors of Maya and the wonderful Mayan people in Guatemala, it is no surprise that my deep exposure and experiences in this region has moved me to action. Garbage and raw sewage flow into Lake Atitlan. Although the Lake remains a critical source of water, it is currently layered with toxic sediment.
Vital Systems and Casa Rosario have initiated a joint venture relationship to facilitate the healing of Lake Atitlan. Our goal is to help draw out sustainable healing behaviors from the people of San Pedro La Laguna and enable local 10-12 year old youth to communicate these sustainable healing behaviors to members of their Pueblo, San Pedro La Laguna. They will inspire action that will clean up the garbage, design municipal waste processing systems, develop recycling practices, and form refabrication businesses.
These young people are the future leaders who will inspire their community to systemically heal themselves, the people AND the Lake and will create the model that can be replicated in other Pueblos and towns around Lake Atitlan, simultaneously celebrating and showcasing the underlying philosophy of their Mayan culture.
We need your help and would like to draw on your experiences and connections! Please support us in this effort by sharing your observations and expertise by filling out the form below and contact Rosalie.Imler [at] vitalsystemsca [dot] com. We know we need help from people who have: