• picture
  • picture
PRI's Environmental News Magazine

Earth Ear

Air Date: Week of December 3, 2010

stream/download this segment as an MP3 file

A Mayan farmer plays a traditional song.


CURWOOD: On the next Living on Earth, we travel deep into the jungle of the Yucatan peninsula where Mayan forest people work the land…and harvest chichle…gum from 500 year-old trees.

WOMAN: The way of the extract this gum is, it represents their traditions and their culture, a part of supporting their families.

CURWOOD: Saving forests and an ancient culture next time on Living on Earth.

Mayan farmer plays a song.


CURWOOD: We leave you this week in the Yucatan Peninsula at an ejido or collective farm.

MAN: This song is for you. It’s a Mayan song.


CURWOOD: San Antonio Tuk is a community of Mayan farmers…sunlight filters through the dense tropical forest as a local musician entertains visiting journalists covering the UN Climate Summit five hours and a world away in Cancun.




Living on Earth wants to hear from you!

P.O. Box 990007
Prudential Station
Boston, MA, USA 02199
Telephone: 1-617-287-4121
E-mail: comments@loe.org

Donate to Living on Earth!
Living on Earth is an independent media program and relies entirely on contributions from listeners and institutions supporting public service. Please donate now to preserve an independent environmental voice.

Living on Earth offers a weekly delivery of the show's rundown to your mailbox. Sign up for our newsletter today!

Major funding for Living on Earth is provided by the National Science Foundation.

Committed to healthy food, healthy people, a healthy planet, and healthy business.

Innovating to make the world a better, more sustainable place to live.

Kendeda Fund, furthering the values that contribute to a healthy planet.

The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment: Committed to protecting and improving the health of the global environment.

Contribute to Living on Earth and receive, as our gift to you, an archival print of one of Mark Seth Lender's extraordinary hummingbird photographs. Follow the link to see Mark's current collection of photographs.