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When the Earth Charter talks about establishing "viable nature and biosphere reserves," and of managing "the use of renewable resources such as water, soil, forest products, and marine life in ways that... protect the health of ecosystems," it can seem like they're talking about only government or a big NGO's initiatives. To preserve a forest, or to plant a new one is something that would take millions of dollars and new laws and support from all kinds of international organizations, right?

And yet when we got to Chiapas in southern Mexico, we met a woman who does all of that on her own, without her government, without any official organization and without anything remotely resembling millions of dollars - just a woman working with her family to plant trees in an area that desperately needs them, often in the face tremendous obstacles, even at risk to her life.

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