15 December 2015 — Learning From People of the Amazon Rainforest


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This month’s Rotary E-Club E-wareness campaign presents information about foster children.  Throughout the month our Club will provide resources gathered by our Club Member Natalia Yungerlevi, this month’s coordinator.  The information will be helpful to you and to the people you care about.  See the campaign by clicking here.









We were reminded of the good work being done in Fiji by previous visitor and guest speaker Lori Hall when we stumbled upon this TED Talk by ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin, who focuses on the Amazon rainforest.  Ethnobotany is the study of people and plants and how cultures interact with the plant life around them.  What sounds like the study of plants quickly becomes a fascinating talk about the people whose way of life is threatened, much as rural access to clean eater (and education) are important to the projects we’ve learned about before.

What can we learn from the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest?  Can we protect them, so their lessons will endure?  And perhaps can we, as Rotarians, help?  We seek ways to serve those in need, whose ways or life or health are threatened.  What can we learn?

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