The Case Of Project Maya? In Planet we also want to accommodate those projects that we consider different and novel in terms of environment and sustainability. The world is full of truly inspiring projects that promote a shift towards a more equitable, just and responsible lifestyle. We want to start this series with Project Maya, a network of natural reserves promoted by a group of scientists worldwide. Its creator Anna Evely, tells us today how it came about and how they carry it out on a daily basis. We hope you enjoy reading as much as we have enjoyed doing it. We leave you the interview: This is another system of The Case Of Project Maya.
There are many different definitions for permaculture! We define it as a trend towards “Permanent Culture”. We see it as a kind of guide to design a world where nature and people live together in harmony. This way of designing is based on learning the patterns and processes that we observe in nature. The main thing in our definition is the ethics that we apply to everything we do, especially in the creation of our reservation network! This ethic is based on:
The care of the land (for example the restoration of soils, habitats and wildlife, recycling and the non-production of pollutants).
Caring for people (for example promoting health and well-being, self-sufficiency, and happy communities).
Fair participation (for example, cooperation, equitable distribution of resources and wealth).
The initial idea came up in a discussion with a couple of researchers at the University of Aberdeen. We were all inspired by our research work (we were all in conservation projects), but we were quickly disappointed by the large number of problems facing the world, and the lack of positive impact that our research projects would have. We knew we wanted to make a difference, and we had started talking about how amazing it would be if we could buy a piece of land, which we could protect and improve. Very soon, our group expanded, including 14 environmental and conservation academics, all with a common goal, to make a positive impact on the world. They are a fantastic group of people, of that type that stay up late after a conference asking more and more things and exchanging ideas with the rest of the speakers. They are also the ideal type of people to put your ideas and projects into practice! Come on, I would not mind at all getting trapped on a desert island with them. They are very funny!
As a group we represent a global community, there are people from Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, India, Italy, Spain and Thailand. We wanted a name that was meaningful to the project. The chosen name was Maya, which means “eternal illusion”. Maya is also the name of the mother of Buddha and that of a collapsed civilization, which reminds us that we have to adopt an intelligent approach to avoid the collapse of the present civilization. The use of the word Project reminds us daily that we have an objective to pursue. This is one of the system of The Case Of Project Maya.
Well, we have a huge goal! Our goal is to create a global network of reserves, where people and the planet are in harmony. Maya reserves are radically different from any nature reserve that has been seen before. These reserves predominate in urban spaces and are based on the principles of permaculture, trying to create a balance of three elements common to permaculture, such as:
The goal is to buy our own reserves. We hope that our first reservation is underway in 2015. On the other hand, we have plans to rent our own land. People who already have a community space and want to share it are also welcome to our movement. Our reservation and application guidelines will be launched at the beginning of March, together with the new website of the Maya Project.
All our projects and campaigns share the same spirit and objective, besides helping to finance the vision of the Maya Project. The Maya Academy was created to provide everyone with the knowledge and skills to become “agents of sustainable change”. Our intention is a near future to have physical academies all over the world, whose base is the Mayan reserves. We also run campaigns such as “feed the bees”, where we encourage people who have rented plots or orchards to grow wild flowers, so that the bees help them pollinate their crops. Another campaign is #Nomow, whose purpose is to help the flowering of wild plants on the margins of roads and in urban spaces. These campaigns connect the Maya and SEEDBALL reserves with the care of the land. This is another system of The Case Of Project Maya.
SEED BALL was created to help fund the Maya Project and for the purchase of Maya reserves. We knew that to buy our reserves we would not be enough with grants or donations, therefore we created SEED BALL. We wanted something very ethical, accessible and that could really help the conservation of the United Kingdom. The more SEED BALL sold, the more funds we will receive, that money we will invest to buy Maya reserves! In our journey we have been able to help other organizations, such as River of Flowers. This organization creates corridors of wild flowers in cities. They helped us design our mix: urban prairie, and for that reason we donated £ 1 per can we sell.
Well, seed bombs are the tool used in guerrilla gardening. We wanted people to use seed bombs to help increase the number of wildflowers in the gardens. These seed pumps also work in other media such as pots, planters, hanging pots and a long etc. The grace of the use of seed pumps lies in the fact that no previous knowledge of gardening is required. It’s as simple as pulling and letting it grow! Seed pumps make up their own ecosystem. Its composition consists of clay, compost, seeds of wild flowers and chili powder, which are mixed together forming a small ball.
When a seed pump is used, the clay protects the seed of the birds. The compost serves so that the plant has the necessary resources to germinate. Chili powder acts as a deterrent to seed predators (such as ants), and may even protect from slugs. Each ball contains about one hundred seeds. Here the law of the fittest is applied, the best plants are those that will grow! Each ball has a mixture of plant seeds adapted to different media, that is, there are seeds of plants that will grow better in the shade, sun, humidity or dryness, no matter where they are thrown, some plants or others will always grow. There is no need to become an expert in plants, nature will choose the best flower to grow in that place. Further, Most of the species that we have selected are reborn every year. As time goes by we will have a much more beautiful landscape! This is one of the systems of The Case Of Project Maya.
The nature of the United Kingdom and of the whole world is in danger. A recent report on the state of nature in the United Kingdom suggests that 60% of animals and plants have declined in the last 50 years. We have lost 97% of the habitats of our wild flowers, harming other species, such as bumblebees that have seen their populations decimated sharply. We have also had two bumblebee extinctions since 1940, while the number of bees has fallen by 50% in the last 25 years. This is the system of The Case Of Project Maya.
Sadly, three-quarters of British butterflies are in decline, both in terms of population and their distribution in the United Kingdom. Even the most common butterflies have registered a decrease of 24% in the last ten years. History repeats itself throughout Europe. 60% of the world’s ecosystems, including biodiversity, are being degraded, with the current extinction ratios being 1000 times higher than those existing before man. This massive setback is mainly due to the loss of habitats and changes in their management and management. The world is increasingly urbanized. Since 2007, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities that cover 2% of land surface, consuming more than 70% of land resources.
Promoting wildlife in gardens and small spaces not only creates a vital space for nature, but can also have significant health benefits. Recent research shows that children’s exposure to “nature” is essential for physical and emotional development. In order to care about the environment and reduce the consumption of resources, people need to feel nature on a regular basis to develop environmental awareness. Since people have less access to nature in the urban environment, there are two options: take people to nature or bring nature to cities. For us, the only sensible option is to bring the wild and autochthonous nature within the gardens of the people.
They can be purchased directly through , Amazon.co.uk and by phone at various online stores. You can also find neighborhood stores and garden centers in the United Kingdom. We will not be long in selling SEEDBALL in Spain.
In the past we have conducted several investigations in ecosystem maintenance and public participation. Now we want to explore the possibility of using large-scale seed pumps. We want to recreate large expanses of native and forest habitats. This would be an incredible step in our history! This is system of The Case Of Project Maya.