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Leydy Pech: Supporting indigenous territory, traditions, and livelihoods in the Yucatan

2020 Goldman Prize winner Leydy Pech in front of Mayan ruins

December 1, 2020

The following is a statement by 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Leydy Pech.

By Leydy Pech

Today is a historic day for the Maya people.

My name is Leydy Aracely Pech Martín. I am from the community of Ich-ek, municipality of Hopelchén, State of Campeche.

I am grateful to the Goldman Foundation for recognizing the work of the Maya communities of Hopelchén in defense of their territory against industrial agriculture and GMOs.

The award gives me the opportunity to tell the world that the territories of indigenous peoples are being dispossessed by extractive megaprojects, agro-industry, tourism and others that strengthen a capitalist model that affects natural resources and our way of life.

I call on all governments and world leaders to rethink more comprehensive development models that respect and recognize human rights, autonomy, self-determination of Indigenous peoples and ancestral heritage.

Picture of 2020 Goldman Prize winner Leydy Pech

La siguiente es una declaración de Leydy Pech, ganadora del Premio Ambiental Goldman 2020.

Por Leydy Pech

Hoy es un día histórico para el pueblo maya.

Mi nombre es Leydy Aracely Pech Martín, soy de la comunidad de Ich-ek, municipio de Hopelchén, Estado de Campeche.

Agradezco a la fundación Goldman el reconocimiento al trabajo organizado de las comunidades mayas de Hopelchén en defensa de su territorio ante la agricultura industrial y OGM.

El premio me da la oportunidad de decirle al mundo que los territorios de los pueblos indígenas están siendo objeto de despojo para la imposición de megaproyectos de extractivismo, agroindustria, turismo y otros que fortalecen un modelo capitalista que afecta los recursos naturales y nuestros medios de vida.

Hago un llamado a todos los gobiernos y líderes mundiales a replantear modelos de desarrollos más integrales que respeten y reconozcan los derechos humanos, la autonomía, la libre determinación de los pueblos indígenas y el patrimonio ancestral.

About the author:
Leydy PechAn Indigenous Mayan beekeeper, Leydy Pech led a coalition that successfully halted Monsanto’s planting of genetically modified soybeans in seven southern Mexican states. She is a member of an organic farming and agro-foresty cooperative and makes her living as a beekeper. Leydy won the Goldman Prize for South & Central America in 2020.



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