By Luis M. Bou (’25).
Thanks to my summer fellowship, I was able to research this summer in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico about bioregionalism and how it addresses the struggles and crises that humanity is living right now in the midst of climate change. I was able to navigate the ideas of re-learning, live-in-place, re-inhabitation, and auto-governance through the community organization Casa Pueblo (Goldman Environmental Prize Winner 2002). I was able to create a video about the importance of Casa Pueblo’s artisan coffee (Café Madre Isla) for the self-sufficiency of their mission; and another video about Casa Pueblo’s Philosophy. I helped in the transformation of a marginalized community into a resilient one that now uses solar energy. In all, I served as an active agent in the transformation of an alternative Puerto Rico that functions without impositions, universalities, or colonialism.