In 2008, when the Beehive visited Venezuela for the first time, we shared the Plan Colombia graphic campaign at the Bolivarian University of Venezuela (UBV) in Maracaibo. After more than six years, in May of this year we returned to UBV and shared the Mesoamérica Resiste graphic, thanks to the Biology, Environmental Management, and Agroecology professors. This was an activity leading up to the 5th Venezuelan Congress of Biological Diversity, and the graphic includes many of the same themes talked about at the Congress.
During this visit, under the shade of the trees in front of the
rector's office, we spent a couple of hours sharing the history and
stories of Mesoamérica Resiste with a group of people who were
very interested, while iguanas passed by on the grass where we were sitting,
sharing stories and knowledge about problems with genetically modified
crops, patenting of native seeds, coal mining in the Perijá mountains,
and deforestation caused by cattle ranching.
We want to take the opportunity to extend the invitation to attend
the 5th Venezuelan Congress of Biological Diversity that is taking place
in Maracaibo between July 21st and 26th, a space that for the past four
years has been building an urgent debate over territoriality as a key
issue in the defense of all life. The Congress includes a variety of
activities for a diverse public, including forums, video debates,
expositions, discussions, cultural activities, activities for children
and youth, artistic actions, screen printing on clothing, space for trading/bartering,
and much more.
Amongst the topics that will be addressed are agriculture and
displacement, communal economies and territory, gender and
territoriality, participatory mapping of territories, water as
territory, education for conservation, and conversation of threatened
species and strategic areas.
Because of other commitments we can't participate in the Congress,
however it is a very interesting and valuable process, an important
example of how an ecological movement can build and strengthen a
network. Venezuela, as a country that is completely dependent on the
exploitation of hydrocarbons, urgently needs more spaces like this to
begin to create a change in the face of how this land and the planet are
Whoever can participate should register on the website, and we hope to be able to participate in the Congress in the future.