Ways of Knowing Nature’s Rights Across the Ecuadorian Andes
Academically and professionally, I look forward to sharing this opportunity with fellow students and one of the professors in my college, as well as the lessons I will learn from the people I encounter along the way. I will get to network with a large variety of people, gain the perspective of others on social, political, and environmental issues, and discover different solutions to challenges we have to face in this world. Not only will I get to travel through the valley of the volcanoes, I will learn about the Kichwan cosmovision and meet with government officials, community leaders, Ecuadorian students, and urban and rural citizens to see how their ideologies impact their way of living. I think the indigenous Kichwan concept of development and harmony with nature is a huge step in human consciousness, helping us to strengthen our relations with our planet and with each other. This will be a very rewarding experience for me because I think our society today has steered us away from such a connection, so I hope these new ideas and perspectives will help me regain that connection. I understand that I must first do it with myself before I can help others do the same.