NPR featured a story about the “guardians of the forest” in the Amazon Rain-forest. From mimicking the sound of local birds to disguise their noises to preventing illegal deforestation, these people are my heroes.
“To cut down a tree is like cutting out a piece of us. No one does anything to save us,” she says. “We people of the forest are peaceful. We don’t want this war.”
“Optimism for me isn’t a passive expectation that things will get better; it’s a conviction that we can make things better – that whatever suffering we see, no matter how bad it is, we can help people if we don’t lose hope and we don’t look away.” – Melinda Gates
Powerful words from a powerful woman. Empathy for those who live in suffering can make all the difference.