TREES: New reforestation program seeks to revive the jungle
The Western Front
February 12, 2015
Guatemalan environmental activist Jorge Armando Lopez Pocol came to Western to discuss the recycling and clean up work he does through his project, the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project.
“Trees are sacred to us. From the tree comes oxygen. It offers shade when it’s hot out and it gives us warmth when we are cold,” Pocol said through a translator. “What we have is a respect for nature.”
Pocol grew up in Kiche Maya, an indigenous community in Guatemala, he said in his discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 11.
The Guatemalan government does not support the reforestation project, and views it and the Kiche Maya community as rebellious because of their activism against the mining projects and privatization of water, Pocol said.
The Chico Mendes Project not only focuses on reforestation and planting trees, but they take a strong stand for recycling, saving the native plants and natural habitats in the area, he said….