On Friday, March 19th, thanks to generous support from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, CAVU delivered 5,000 copies of Nuestras Aguas, Nuestra Vida to the country’s Ministry of Public Education (MEP).
CAVU executive director Jordan Vaughan Smith presented the copies to Costa Rica’s highly-regarded Education Minister, Leonardo Garnier, during the inaugural ceremony of the Central American Community Water Management Festival, a week-long event dedicated to promoting and fostering the region’s sustainable use of water resources. Costa Rican heads of state, Environment Minister Jorge Rodríguez, future Foreign Minister René Castro, Costa Rican legislators and distinguished guests from El Salvador, Honduras and the Inter-American Development Bank attended the event.
CAVU Executive Director Jordan Vaughan Smith presents Nuestras Aguas, Nuestra Vida to Costa Rican Ministry of Education. Photo Courtesy CAVU.
CAVU’s critically acclaimed film on the water crisis in Costa Rica’s canton of Osa was a perfect fit for the event, and for this green country’s progressive and highly-touted environmental education program. Nuestras Aguas, Nuestra Vida will now become a critical component and required viewing for the country’s nearly one million students.
In the 26-minute film, CAVU, together with partner The Nature Conservancy, addresses the effects of unplanned and destructive real-estate development on fragile water resources in the coastal towns of Uvita and Bahia, which border Latin America’s first marine national park, the Parque Marino Ballena in the canton of Osa. The film highlights the importance of local action in conserving community water resources, encouraging grassroots activism as a primary tool in defending natural resources.
The complex scientific, economic and political issues are dealt with critically, yet fairly – a perfect compliment to the country’s environmental education curriculum, explains Orlando Hall Rose, of the Costa Rican Education Ministry. “Water is a priority issue in our curriculum, and CAVU’s generous donation will be a key element in conveying the importance of its conservation,” he said.
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