About The Esperanza Project

Wixárika woman overlooks the community of San Sebastian Teponohuaxtlán "Wuaut+a" in the Mexican state of Jalisco. (Facebook/San Sebastian Teponohuaxtlán)
Wixárika woman overlooks the community of San Sebastian Teponohuaxtlán “Wuaut+a” in the Mexican state of Jalisco. (Facebook/San Sebastian Teponohuaxtlán)

Esperanza is the Spanish word for hope. The Esperanza Project offers a special blend of hope-based journalism – one that gives voice to those heroes and heroines who are quietly changing the world from the ground up. Many, but not all, come from countries that we in the North don’t often pay attention to, from people who offer a fresh and innovative perspective. The focus of this blog is often south of the border, because those of the Global South have so much to teach us in the north: lessons of resourcefulness, of resilience and of faith. Lessons about how to live with little and give a lot.

Bioconstruction: Vision Council, Call of the Deer, Chalmita, 2011 (Tracy L. Barnett photo)

At the grassroots, in Latin America as elsewhere, people with great vision, heart and skill are forging ahead, quietly remaking society from the ground up, inspiring hope, faith, resilience – the ingredients most needed for the turbulent times ahead.

Instituto de Permacultura de El Salvador (IPES), June 2010 (Tracy L. Barnett photo)
Padre Nefthali, Mass for the Environmental Martyrs, Las Cabañas, El Salvador, June 2010 (Tracy L. Barnett photo)

So much violence, destruction and anger pervades our news media these days that the world often seems a hopeless place. Indeed, much of the shift away from the mainstream media can be attributed to this disheartening focus on the negative. We honor those journalists who are shedding light on wrongdoing and holding the powerful to account; this is essential to a democratic society. But another role of the media should be to show other visions and other versions of society, and to give voice to those who are materializing those visions into reality. The Esperanza Project was founded in 2009 for that reason.

Oceti Sakowin Camp, Standing Rock Sioux Treaty Lands, North Dakota, December 2016 (Tracy L. Barnett photo)

We will be highlighting the work of permaculturists, Transition Towns organizers, the Vision Council and Earth Guardians of all kinds.
Our coverage includes a special emphasis on indigenous struggles, because there is currently a crisis among the First Nations of the world who are fighting for their very existence while protecting their lands and heritage from invasive extractive industries, like petroleum extraction, fracking, mining, mega-dams and industrial agriculture.

Our sustainable, cultural and community-based travel writing has appeared in outlets like the Washington Post, BBC Travel, USA Today and Westways Magazine, while our reporting on environmental and indigenous rights issues has been published by Thomson Reuters, The Huffington Post and Intercontinental Cry, among others.

In 2015, The Esperanza Project received nonprofit 501(c)3 status, allowing us to receive donations for our work and on behalf of our collaborators dedicated to promoting an ethic of environmental justice and a regenerative culture of life. For more information about how you can become involved, click here. To make a tax-deductible contribution, click here.

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5 thoughts on “About The Esperanza Project”

  1. Hola Tracy:
    Desde Malaga(España)te mandamos un saludo y nuestro agradecimiento por ver nuestras fotos en tu blog(Recuerdas en Granada?:Visitabamos la Alhambra mi hija y yó).
    Nos alegraria saber de tí y tus viajes,a lo mejor te animas a venir a Marruecos con nosotras
    Tus amigas
    Maria Jose y Maria Jose

  2. Hi Tracy,
    How are you? Wish we could meet over some coffee for a relaxed visit and you could tell me all about your adventures!

    Miss you, and sending you hugs for all the great vibes that you and The Esperanza Project are doing.

    Debbie Antoon

  3. Hola Tracy! no se cuando andaras por Argentina, pero en mi provincia (corrientes) esta el mayor espejo de agua dulce del mundo (Laguna del Ibera y sus Esteros) con toda su fauna autoctona.
    Te propongo que no te pierdas cuando te quede un lugarcito en tu agenda, gustosamente, te puedo acompañar!

  4. hi! thank you so much for writing about Paraguay and its people! I found this blog because my boyfriend, who is American, was looking for information about my country. Hope you enjoyed your time here!

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