Dig Deeper to Find a Thousand Seeds of Change

In the fall of 1995, I boarded a distressingly shabby 727 for my first flight across the Amazon Basin. I glued myself to the small window, wanting to take in every second of a vast sea of green that I imagined stretching to every horizon. For portions of the flight, I wasn’t disappointed: there were moments where the forest seemed to define the entire surface of the planet, soft green hues occasionally punctuated by bursts of yellow or pink flowers that only hinted at the riot of life below.

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