Cross-posted from RH Reality Check. Growing up in the deep, lush jungle of Petén in Guatemala, under an endless green canopy, I learned that human life and the natural world are inseparable. My parents and grandparents taught me that people are just one element of Mother Nature; her protection and care is our responsibility. For generations, my people, the Maya Q'eqchi', have inhabited the Petén, which has always been sacred for its forests, which shelter a diverse array of animals and plants. The wealth of those forests extends well beyond Guatemala's borders: In fact, researchers describe them as the Americas' …
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