Meet the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project of Pachaj, Guatemala, founded and directed by Armando Lopez. Not more than a well-meaning, lighthearted, and small-scale undertaking at first, the project has grown into a thriving community program educating village youth and connecting with the international community in its efforts to teach young people how to respect, care for, and maintain the Earth and her resources. In doing so, the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project passes down a generations-old appreciation of the region’s forest as both a source of life and as a legacy that must continue to be passed down; a mission that makes itself felt as a call to all of us to individually and collectively take responsibility for the planet that sustains us and is our future.


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  • Learn more about the philosophy and actions of the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project and see all of the ways in which this non-profit has grown.
  • Watch the trailer for The Economics of Happiness to see how disconnected we as a global community have become from one another, the Earth, and our own happiness 
  • Is there one way you can allow your local community to sustain you and to in turn give back to it?

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