In reference to my post on Amboro, today’s excursion to Jaillihuaya lifted my heart and provided me hope in humanity by showing that with unity and dedication we can save our Earth. Having noticed changes in rainfall and wind patterns over the last 50 years as a result of climate change and the depletion of glaciers, the indigenous peoples of this area decided to team up with meteorologists to try and amend this, going as far as conceding profitable land to this cause. The hydro-forestry project encompasses the experimental planting of different flora species in hopes of increasing CO2 emissions, which will stabilize the rain and wind patterns, rectifying the lack of runoff from the glaciers that used to provide moisture for the crops and area. It has the goal of not only mending the climate issues in the highlands but also the lowlands, therein having positive effect on all of Bolivia.
While this is a noble venture in and of itself, what really caught my attention was the high involvement and commitment of the indigenous community. The project depends on little funding from the national government, the regional government taking precedence and action. Many of the head organizers are respected members of the community who have a passion for their local environment and choose to bear the responsibility of ensuring its further existence. Not only are they independently committed, as a generational project, these members are grooming their children to undertake this responsibility in their wake, illustrating the dedication to the cause.
It just brought me great peace and happiness to see a group of people so inspired and determined by their cause to take the steps they have, knowing they will not likely see the effects in their own lifetime. This passion is something I greatly respect and hope spreads across the world, leading to the convalescence of our Earth.