1, May 6-22, 2009
Click on the hyperlinks above left for the 2009 Bioregional Education
Reports from teachers, Ramon Cedeño Loor, Fabiola Coello, and Paola
Ramon Cedeño Loor has been developing Bioregional Education
after-school classes since 2006. Ramon lives in the Maria Auxiliadora neighborhood of Bahia and
teaches at a junior high school. He volunteered with Planet Drum's Bioregional
Education Classes for several months before
becoming Manager. In 2007 Ramon began a revamped series
of Introductory Classes, and in October he initiated an Advanced Class.
The 2008 Introductory Class began with a revised
Bioregionalismo text book and several of the Advanced students as
volunteer assistants. In 2009 the Bioregional Education classes were
expanded to include two more schools. This year the schools, teachers and
student assistants participating are: Colegio Vincente Hurtado, Fabiola
Coello-teacher and Lissette Moncayo-assistant; Colegio Fanny de Baird,
Paola Divito-teacher and Roberto Roderiguez-assistant; Colegio Javier
Roderiguez, Ramon Loor-teacher and Raisa Torres-assistant. (The regular school year in Ecuador runs from May until September, and then
again from October until January. There are usually no regular classes
from late January to May.)
Note: Click to see the 2007
Reports (Clay Plager-Unger, Ramon Cedeno Loor
) 2006 Reports (Dan Robbins, Patrick Wylie, Valentina Carminati, Sarah
Couture, Heather Crawford) 2005 Reports (Heather Crawford,
Renée Portanova, Kristen Lansdale, Riccardo Clemente, et al.) 2004 Reports
Brian Teinert) or 2003
Reports (Brian Teinert).
Click on map for larger version.
The Ecuadorian coastal city of Bahia de Caraquez has committed itself through
law to become ecological and sustainable. Planet Drum Foundation in San
Francisco, California helped create community awareness of issues there at a
celebration announcing the Ecological City Declaration in January 1999.
Since then, Planet Drum has established a field office and carried out a major
bioregional project to revegetate a city barrio with native trees for erosion
control against future mudslides and to create an urban "wild
corridor." We are currently working
on additional revegetation of hillsides, water supply and purity,
household ecology education, biological sewage treatment, alternative energy,
You are invited to assist or visit these projects. If you
are interested in doing so, please inform us as soon as possible so that we can
communicate further about details. Email us
or phone us at (415)285-6556, or fax at (415)285-6563.