In a new series, we asked our members to share any experiences they had over the summer with sustainability. Our first story of summer sustainability comes from one of our Co-Directors of Communications and photographer for the blog, Zack Gilbert. Zack spent a week this summer in a rural area of Panama as part of the Environmental Brigades at IU. He and other students worked with the indigenous community to help improve the sustainability of the land for future agriculture. They achieved this by making barriers to prevent runoff and using manure and leaves as compost. You can get an idea of what those barriers looked like below.
His group also advised the natives on how to diversify the crops they grew in order to improve the conditions of the farmlands and the nutrition of the community. Zack summed up his experience by saying “I am grateful I had the chance to visit a different culture and community, and I also realize how sustainable development can make a huge difference for countries and communities that lack resources and face poverty.” Well done, Zack!