After hearing someone on KMUD radio today mention the Cloud Forest Institute, which is located in Ukiah, I decided to research the organization a little. On their website. Their mission statement is as follows:
Cloud Forest Institute (CFI) offers educational alternatives to students of all cultures and ages through learning contracts via the internet and at designated research sites around the world. The sites are self-sufficient utilizing alternative energy technologies and sustainable, organic food production techniques. CFI’s goals are to make quality education accessible globally and, to foster an environmentally conscious philosophy.
I am interested in learning more about this organization. The article that is on the front of their web site discusses protecting the Cambugan Watershed in Ecuador. It claims that we can buy an acre for $50. Although I like the sound of this organization I wonder if privatizing nature is the best way to protect it? How do I know that there aren’t native people living on this acre I buy and now they will need to relocate?