For 10 years I have been thinking about how we can take care of nature and how different cultures have a relationship with her, but in our capitalist and consumerist world the panorama has been discouraging – most of the news are about the destruction of the environment.
Under this point of view and analyzing the situation, I have noticed that all of this problematic arise from our relationship with nature; to get more information and clarify the perspective, I interviewed Laura Alayon, she´s an Ecologist and Magister in Resources Economics at The University of Massachusetts. She told me that it is time to reconsider our actions. The first step is observing how each of our actions affects the planet; Laura says that it is important to learn about the animal behaviour, to adopt some of their behaviours to create a relationship that is substantiated in the harmony with nature.
Under Laura’s perspective, our relationship with nature has been destructive and the way to get a better relationship with the environment is to be aware of how we make decisions and how we take actions as a collective. The main thing is to know how we make agreements with the management of resources and how we as a community react to this.
Alayon emphasizes that we need rules to care for resources and the way to do that is giving incentives in our policies to take care of nature; under this principle, we must realize how our decisions have consequences, not only for ourselves, but also for many other species and populations.
Furthermore, Laura said that it is significant to understand that our relationship with nature must be built under the premise of the council of all beings. In order to do that, if we damage the environment it is because we are empty inside – that is the reason why mining, logging, pollution have been arising.
Laura believes that to solve environmental issues and overcome the ecological crisis, it is essential to appeal to the principles of shamanic and spiritual ecology; this point of view shows that as humans we need to re-evaluate our believes about what our planet means for us and how we can give it a sacred meaning.
According with her beliefs, she and her husband are working hard to solve a big issue in a rural area of Ecuador. People in this area have limited resources and low incomes, most of them live from meat production, lodging and monocrop production (cocoa, corn, tilapia.)
On this journey, she and her family have created their own company –Wakingherbs. Wakingherbs mission is plant, buy, export and distribute medicinal plants and non timber forest products from different ecosystems of Ecuador. In the last 4 years, they have worked with more than 10 indigenous families using parts of their lands for growing medicinal plants.
Their proposal aims to provide a sustainable and steady income for local rural indigenous and non indigenous families by enabling and stimulating them to produce native medicinal plants suitable for exportation.
As said before, they have been growing thousands of plants with various tribes and are working hard to grow more plants that they sell to expand humanity’s stock of natural ancient medicinal plants for future generations and to create a sustainable basis of income for their tribal friends to get an alternative source of income and move away from destructive activities lodging or cattle production.
Laura, her husband and their company direct their thoughts, beliefs and actions to build a harmonious relationship among different indigenous tribes, cultivating and harvesting plants in a sustainable way, as a result they encourage and support people and healers from all parts of the word to stay healthy through a physical, mental and spiritual connection by using natural remedies.
If you want to learn more about them or want to know more about their products just visit their website at www.wakingherbs.com
As a person, taking care of nature is really important in her life, and is a passion and every day in every moment I´m thinking how we can take care of water resources, improve recycling practices, etc. Catalina considers the earth like my mother that needs to be respected and protected; for that reason, she feels that one of her missions is help to empower people to take care of the environment and create solid bonds of love between communities and nature.