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millions of pieces | one puzzle

Nature is an infinitely diverse mosaic. Every single piece –animals, plants, mushrooms and even bacteria and viruses- plays a transcendent and irreplaceable role. It has taken thousands of millions of years to bring about the magnificent world where we live. Humans have now changed its equilibrium to a more than critical situation, where we all are endangered. Its indescribable diversity of life is at high risk, and we depend on this diversity for food, energy, medicine, shelter, recreation and much more. But, beyond our survival needs, we do not have the right to destroy nor to alter this unparalleled masterpiece of millions of creatures.

Now it is time to make a decision. We have to choose whether our attitudes and activities will lead to Nature’s destruction –and ours, of course, as a part of it- or to its preservation. There is no other puzzle like this in the whole Universe, nor will we have a second opportunity. The pieces are in our hands.

This work is a tribute to the people of Rwanda, that small country of the thousand hills and the thousand smiles. Despite its dramatic history and the many problems it is facing, it is betting on a green economy and alternative policies, where humans and nature will benefit from each other; where the respect and preservation of Nature will lead to the greatest health and wealth of its population. We are also betting on Her here, as an example to the rest of the world.

The work was carried out by invitation of Art Works for Change and with the help of the United Nations Environment Program, for the celebration of the World Environment Day, in Kigali, Rwanda, on June 3rd, 2010.