Because it is legal to throw garbage into international waters, cruise ships, as well as government and cargo ships, contribute daily to pollution. The trash eventually flows onto the Maya land and in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, an ancient Mayan and noted UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Tribal Trust Foundation (TTF) strongly believes in fostering people’s connection to the Earth by preserving indigenous culture and promoting worldwide environmental stewardship. Our goal is to
develop an environmental education program that offers long-term sustainable solutions that can be replicated all over the globe.
The Maya Project, our effort in Tulum, Mexico, serves as a global model
for engaging communities in voluntary education initiatives based on furthering indigenous knowledge and practices. The Maya Project is a collaborative effort to bring recognition and awareness of Mayan
culture to the forefront with the goal of creating a societal imperative that ties the Earth to its people.
TTF is taking action in an area of the world that is a microcosm of a global issue. The Maya of Tulum have been evicted, displaced, disenfranchised, and even killed in the third largest tourist destination in
Mexico – Tulum. Tourists visit and do not see the Maya. We are addressing environmental justice for the
Maya, the original people of this sacred, ancient land and we are responding to their request for help preserving their traditional and sustainable way of life. The negative impact of corporate greed, corrupt
government, drug cartels, and tourism is destroying the environment by polluting water, destroying trees, and cementing acres of land for development. The pristine natural wonder of the Sian Ka’an
Biosphere Reserve, located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, near Tulum, is also being compromised by pollution. Yearly hurricanes and the prevailing ocean currents deposit debris from the Caribbean
basin, threatening the 2nd largest coral reef and ocean preserve in the world.
Please help us bring this tragedy to the forefront of environmental causes.