Tiahoga Ruge is an environmental educator and film-maker from Mexico. She has developed and advanced environmental education through communication technologies of various sorts and currently directs the Centre of Education and Training for Sustainable Development for the Government of Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
Prior to her government appointment, Ms. Ruge served as director for the North American Centre for Environmental Communication and Information (CICEANA).
A former assistant to Italian film director Federico Fellini, she is the producer and director of several films on environmental issues, including a documentary series on Biosphere 2. Ms. Ruge also orchestrated a major media project in Mexico called “Mass Media and Environment: A National Call for Environmental Awareness.” She uses film and other media to link the governmental and non-governmental realms at both the national and global level, a feat that has proved beneficial for environmental education in the Americas.
Tiahoga Ruge has a special gift for establishing collaborations between numerous stakeholders and has worked for several years in promoting an exchange on environmental education between Mexico and the USA.
Tiahoga Ruge holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Houston and a M.A. from Cinecitta Rome, Italy. In 1991 she was named to the UNEP Global 500 Honor Roll for her work in the field.