At times in our lives I think we are all given the gift to meet amazing people that can connect us with parts of the world we may have never know. Working at Kahtoola and serving on our 1% for the People board I get this opportunity more then some, and I makes sure to thank my lucky starts every chance I get. Over the past six months I have met more people who have touched more lives then you can imagine and all of them in different ways. Some with medicine, some with books, and some just by lending a hand. It is truly inspirational and weather these people know it or not I am one more persons life they have changed for the better.
In January a good friend of Kahtoola’s and Flagstaff local James Q Martin became one of those people who has opened my eyes to a new world. Only a year ago when asked what photo I would like for my office I jumped at the chance to hang one of Q’s photos from Lago Betrand, Patagonia. This is a small village with a lake where 50 people live in the summer. Everyday I look at it puts a smile on my face a brings calmness not to mention it makes me want to just jump in. The moment I saw this picture my breath was taken away and the idea of this place being destroyed brought tears to my eyes. So you can see why when James came to us and asked if we would like continue to be a sponsor of the Rios Libres project and that he was heading back to Patagonia, Chile, for a follow up to his previous work Kahtoola’s 1% for the People board could not say no.
The Rios Libres project is one you should take the time to familiarize your self with, you might just find yourself wanting to help. Take the time to read their blogs and look through the beautiful photos James Q Martin has taken. James just returned from Chile and is in the process of working on a Movie to tell the full story of what is happening in Patagonia and the struggles that lie a head to save this irreplaceable place.
Please take the time to read their latest blog. http://rioslibres.com/?p=755