The Riviera Maya is one of the fastest growing coastal regions in the world.
Waste management - its collection, transport, disposal and treatment -- is a neglected and growing problem in Tulum and its surrounding communities. Trash collection is unreliable and in some cases non-existent. As a result, trash is often thrown onto streets or other public areas. There is also no effort to sort recyclables from pure waste.
The waste that is picked up is disposed of in a landfill located 18 kilometers south of Tulum. It does not operate fully, in part because a generator is needed to allow the trash compactor to function. In addition, the landfill was not properly constructed, so it is likely to run out of capacity soon.
The Art of Conservation’s ‘Let’s Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, and Respect Project’ aims to instill respect for the environment in the children by getting them involved in a hands-on effort to pick up trash and sort recyclables, using the current local services of our partnering communities in the municipalities of Tulum and Felipe Carrillo Puerto. The recyclables sorting effort is done in conjunction with another project in the area: No Mas Plastik. Our trash pickup/recycling project is part of the Art of Conservation’s core programming within our module called Environmental Health - Discovering our Blue Planet. Trash clean-ups continue throughout our programming; for instance during our Discovery Dive at Solimán Bay and the Sian Ka’an Graduate Retreat.
Our Goal: To promote sustainable knowledge and practices that enhance the health of AoC's students and their ecosystem through artistic, educational, and experiential programs.
Outcome 1: To clean-up the environment (community spaces, streets, beaches, parks) by collecting trash and transporting it to Tulum's recycling center
Output 1a: Plastic bins and/or garbage bags of trash collected.
- Indicators - # of plastic bins and/or garbage bags of trash collected.
- MOV - Tally sheet.
- Target - 8 March 2017 for 2 schools - 3 plastic bins and 5 big garbage bags per school.
Output 1b: Plastic bottles collected.
- Indicators - # of plastic bottles collected.
- MOV - Tally sheet.
- Target - At least 150.
Output 1c: Target space is cleaned.
- Indicators -% of target location that is cleaned.
- MOV - Before and after photos.
- Target - At least 80% of target area cleaned.
1. Site determined.
2. Kids transported to site.
3. Group collects garbage and recyclables.
Outcome 2: To teach AoC students about trash disposal & recycling through the ‘Let’s Recycle!’ project field trip to the recycling center in the town of Tulum.
- Indicators - % of students whose recycling knowledge improved.
- MOV - Before and after questionnaire.
- Target - At least 80% of students have at least 50% improvement in post-trip questionnaire score.
Output 2a: Lecture given.
- Indicators - Lecture completed.
- MOV - Verification by staff.
- Target - Lecturers Heather Froeming of No Mas Plastik and Cuauhtémoc Martinez from Tulum Municipality.
Output 2b: Provide a recycling experience by transporting and recycling collected materials.
- Indicators - % of attendees that receive AoC’s reduce, reuse, recycle bag.
- MOV - Tally sheet.
- Target - 100% of students receive bags.
Activity: Organize recycling trip, lecture, art activity, trash separation relay race, and snack.
Input: Students, trash bags or bins, transportation, staff.
Thank you to our partners!
- Heather Froeming, No Mas Plastik
- Cuauhtémoc ‘Temo’ Martinez Sayago, Manager of Tulum Recycling Center, Dirección General de Desarrollo Urbano y Ecología / Honorable Ayuntamiento de Tulum - General Director of Urban Development and Ecology for City Hall of Tulum
- Municipalities of Tulum & Carrillo Puerto
- AoC partner schools - E.P. Indígena Jacinto Pat and E.P. Indigena Lázaro Cárdenas
- Ms. Deysi Juliana Landaverde Puerta
- Mr. Javier Flota
- Mr. Juan Ariel Pat Fernández, Supervisor of Zone 044 - Tulum, Servicios Educativos de Quintana Roo
- Prof. María Concepción Dzul Poot, Supervisor for Felipe Carrillo Puerto municipality of México’s Secretary of Education
- Maestra María Rebeca Blanco Xool, Principal of E.P. Indígena Jacinto Pat
El martes 29 de Noviembre de 2016, Art of Conservation (AoC) estará participando en #UnDíaParaDar, el día global dedicado a la donación. Nosotros quisiéramos que se nos unieran en esta occasion a lo que en AoC llamamos #GivingToMayanChildrenDay.
Algunos de nuestros graduados nos han dado su opinion sobre su experiencia con AoC:
Following our study of freshwater turtles, we turn to sea turtles. People on Earth have a lot of effort to put forth to protect the seven sea turtles living in our oceans. As you can see by their listed status below, we must act now.
Critically Endangered: Hawksbill and Kemp's Ridley
Endangered: Green and Loggerhead
Vulnerable: Leatherback and Olive Ridley
Data Deficient: Flatback
Artists Pato and Pluma guide the children on drawing and painting proportionally correct sea turtles and a close-up of the head of a turtle.
Pluma helps Yael with his drawing.
Pato watches the children draw and paint the head of a turtle.Read more
A recent night in Tulum was an evening not soon to be forgotten. Friends, colleagues, partners, and new acquaintances arrived at Holistika in the late afternoon, sauntered through jungle paths, and were greeted with tasty drink and food - the only fish served being the invasive scrooge of the Caribbean Basin... Lionfish, Pterois volitans, in the form of ceviche prepared by the talented team at Ginger Tulum.Read more
It entailed a full year of concentrated effort from the Art of Conservation Board, our executive director Allison Hanes, and myself to arrive at the decision of setting up our new base of operations in the Caribbean Basin and more specifically in the town of Tulum which is in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. But we did it and we are off to a very positive start. Before I go any further I'd like to take a quick look back at the people we met along the way who inspired and welcomed us. Enjoy the pictures and thanks everyone for your encouragement.Read more
ART of CONSERVATION One-Health MEET-AND-GREET
Please join us for an Art of Conservation One-Health Meet-and-Greet
Date: Saturday, 19 July 2014
Time: 16.30 – 18.30
Location: Holistika, Av. Tulum #83, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Parking is available near the entrance of the common area and park. Enter on foot through the white arches, and then take a right. You’ll find us just down a ways on the path.Read more