30 May 2019, The Tablet

The Amazon comes to Rome: an October synod and the future of the planet


The Amazon comes to Rome: an October synod and the future of the planet

Mauricio López Oropeza
Photo: Ruth Gledhill

 

Growing up in Mexico, Mauricio López Oropeza was part of a society that tended to look northwards to the US for a kind of heaven on earth. But when, in 2009, he moved to Ecuador and took a trip to the part of the Amazon basin that sits within its eastern borders, something extraordinary happened.

 

“I came by bus from the highest mountains with snow and suddenly I entered this beautiful place, where I saw the biggest river, the entrance into the Amazon, and how the flora and fauna were always changing as we went down, down, down,” he says. “The temperature changed radically, and I felt, too, a change within me.”

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