March 21, 2002, Rosalba takes over the leadership of the Earthgardens
Above, Princess Rosalba initiated a massive mural painting program in her town, covering over ugly obsolete political graffitti.
Below, In a typical Sembradores moment, Rosalba puts on the gold belt of sovereignty while her courtiers present the symbols of power,... in this case seven baby mice. (It seems the cat ate the mother mouse)
Rosalba in front of her banner, featuring the abstract tiger taken from textiles found in a 1000-year-old royal WARI tomb.
Rosalba's murals and stencils made locals aware of the importance of Parque AMBORO to the supply of fresh water in Bolivia and the habitat of one of the worlds richest biodiversity. Dozens of roadside murals...especially in villages around the cloud forest and Parques Carasco and Amboro. Unfortunately her reign ended on a sad note, when all Earthgardens activity was stopped when agents of the US Bush administration destroyed the works on April 23, 2002. At this time Bolivia was basically under the mandate of USA, and it seems they didn't want a new social paradigm favoring nature above corporate economy. All banners, tools, and educational material were confiscated and never returned.
All the different Teams issued STAMPS which their team-mates colored and cashed for prizes. (note rare GUARDABOSQUES stamp at uper right, the elite boy teams that confronted forest-burners. Unfortunately the boys' webpage, showing the Guardabosques in action, didn't survive the ransacking of the Earthgardens in 2002. Only this, the 25 pages of the Girl leaders' site, miraculously survived til today.).
Earthgardens teach the power of the people united, not the power of authority from above.
A page showing some unpublished photos of the banners.:
the GIRL LEADERS TODAY, more promising than politicians. :A new culture based on Benevolence
our email: firstname.lastname@example.org:
the philosophical pages selected by the team leaders: Establishing a basis for our new culture
Bolivia is in the top 5 countries of the world in BIODIVERSITY. More valuable than oil, more precious than gold. Help us keep this treasure.