These kids broke my heart. Many eat one one meal a day, some have no shoes, no parents, and no electricity. They walk several miles to school and several more to fetch water. Some work in a quarry after school. They are now learning how to farm organically, which helps raise incomes dramatically in this part of the country.
A Truck of Sugar
With lots of U.S. help, industrial ag has taken over Bolivia's eastern lowlands. We drove for hours and saw nothing but sugarcane, deforested land, pesticide ads, and very eroded, extremely poor soil. Here's a truck bringing a load of sugar cane to the refinery. The refinery, by the way, smelled AWFUL and caused some fish kills in the area. Yuck!
The Cutest Climate Refugees
Indigenous Bolivians time the birth of their lambs with the onset of the rainy season so the lactating mama sheep will have lots of lush grazing. Only now the rains come 2 months late and there are now unseasonable freezes, hail, and floods too.
A Zapatista mural in Chiapas, Mexico. Think they like corn enough?
This traditional Maasai woman sits in her hut made of sticks and cow dung. The Maasai culture and lifestyle are changing rapidly, thanks to the climate crisis, neoliberal economics, and land use changes.
Get Rich by Going Organic
This couple in central Kenya showed me their organic farm and told me how they are making more money than ever since they went organic. I wrote about them here: http://www.latitudenews.com/story/kenya-grow-biointensive/
An endangered species of giraffe at the Giraffe Center in Nairobi, Kenya
An elephant at the baby elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Poaching is, in many ways, a food security issue. When rural Africans have enough to eat, they don't need to poach to feed their families.