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Photograph by Sandro Wendell deMont Serrat Lopes

“It’s impossible to turn on the light, go to the shopping mall, eat a hamburger, buy new clothes, and chew gum without perceiving the impact those activities have in our environment,” says Photo Camp participant Sandro Lopes. “To milk a cow and plant a tree, are those so different than drinking a soda? To respect the rational use of resources is to guarantee that our friends, neighbors, and brothers have the opportunity to meet the cow that gives us the milk and the meat, the plants that provides fiber, and the fruits from which the sodas are made. I think every day we have the opportunity to learn something new and also to bring something new into this world. By preserving water resources, a lot of people can have light for their homes and for their lives.”

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