Close up of a green plant with an urban city in the background

Magali Queyranne and Carlos Colonia Bardales, Greening in Lima

In 2014, it was found that Lima, Peru has  3.04 times more airborne dust than the World Health Organization’s recommendation. Further, it is estimated that 70% of the Incan ruins have disappeared due to urban housing developments. The loss of these ecological and historical heritage sites coupled with air and environmental pollution, led Magali Queyranne and Carlos Colonia Bardales to develop the Greening in Lima project.

Greening in Lima is a collective, community-based project comprised of seven families and 83 volunteers, who are dedicated to bringing nature into the city, promoting environmental education and creating opportunities at a local level for a more balanced development. Since conception, Magali and Carlos have organized efforts that have yielded to planting greenery in a 1,000 square-metered space, recycling 2,500 plastic bottle caps, building an urban garden and clearing archeological sites of trash among others.

If you are interested in learning more about Greening in Lima, check out their Facebook or website.

GRANT AWARD DATE:  December 23, 2015