Women building a sustainable future: The Mexican violinist who saved the Sierra Gorda

Updated: Apr 25

Here is a compelling United Nations story concerning a brave Mexican woman, known as Pati, who paved the way for her future progeny - Story by Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda and the United Nations

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Original Article Date: 6 February 2022 [A.D.]


Actual photo of: Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo


Forty years ago, Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo, known as Pati, left the Mexican city of Querétaro with her family in search of a simple rural life. Instead, she ended up leading and inspiring a group of some 17,000 local environmental activists, devoted to protecting the remote and beautiful Sierra Gorda.


“We are the only protected natural area in Mexico that was conceived from the bottom up”, says Pati...”

In the early 1980s, Pati had a successful career in Querétaro, located about two hours north of Mexico City, as first violinist of the city’s orchestra, a soloist in two choirs, and a music teacher in a prestigious private school.


'Simpler Life'


She decided she wanted to lead a simpler life and moved her family to Sierra Gorda. This drastic change meant giving up urban comforts, living without electricity for five years, and developing a closer connection with nature.


And, soon after arriving, she realized the extent to which the environment was being ruined, with rampant tree cutting, uncontrolled fires, and the indiscriminate opening of trails. This inspired her to work closely with the local community, replanting trees to bring back the forest.


Their activism eventually escalated into a project to have Sierra Gorda declared a protected biosphere reserve, which entailed lobby the state governor, and trying to obtain state and federal funds.


This editorial was created by Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda and the United Nations in unified effort to bring positive recognition to a Mexican Native and all intellectual property rights belong entirely to these respective parties. Moroccan Press does not own this story and only supports the editorial efforts of the respective parties by providing positive news in support. - Moroccan Press Team

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