Martha Ruiz Corzo Awarded by National Geographic Society for Conservation Efforts in Mexico
Martha “Pati” Isabel Ruiz Corzo, founder of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG) was recently honored by the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society Buffett Award for Leadership in Latin American Conservation was awarded to Pati Ruiz Corzo in praise of her consistent and monumental contributions to the growing environmental movement in Mexico, as well as in other parts of Latin America.
The award ceremony at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C. celebrated the immense conservation efforts Ruiz Corzo has made in the Mexican community. Ruiz Corzo has directly organized and inspired considerable actions to preserve the vital bioregions of Mexico’s ecosystems and to protect these lands from natural disaster and human based environmental degradation.
As the founder of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, Ruiz Corzo is fueling a whole new movement of “conservation economy” and awareness within society. Started in 1987 with the help of her husband and local Mexican citizens, GESG has been inspiring individuals in the community ever since to become involved at the most grassroots level. She believes that through involvement everyone can contribute to the movement and initiate real change on many imperative fronts.
Ruiz Corzo has also been an advocate of combining the positive forces of ecotourism, environmental awareness, recycling, and sustainable growth to instigate a true sense of community and development within specific regions of Mexico. Ruiz Corzo is personally changing the way the Mexican people interact with and perceive their environment.