The indigenous people in Guyana have always co-existed in harmony with the animals and plants. Every life is sacred and respected.
Rich countries [...] discovered that killing our forests and polluting our atmosphere were acts of mass suicide. The rainforest is disappearing, greenhouse gases emissions are rising!
According to the Makushi, it is possible to use the forest without losing it. Their ancient wisdom may have the answers to climate change: conserve and don’t be greedy. The Makushi say that it’s crucial for future generations to understand the extreme importance of the forest.
When the Makushi fish, they just take what they need for their consumption so fish have time to reproduce! Jean Allicock, from Surama Village, uses her ancestors’ farming methods, and states that it’s highly sustainable. She says: “We cut, burn and plant. We grow banana, melon, cassava. We mix the crops because when we harvest we don’t want to leave the farm with nothing.” She adds: “I like traditional farming because you’re more connected to the forest. You plant for yourself but also for the birds and the animals. You can live together.”
Adapted from P. Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General, Commonwealth website, 2016.