Of all organizations, the United Nations Environment Program has launched a fund to protect the sacred lands of the Earth.

The New Scientist reports:

“UNEP has given pride of place to a stretch of the Chihuahua desert in northern Mexico, where the Huichoi people go on an annual pilgrimage to find the peyote cactus (Lophophora williamsii). Peyote is the source of mescaline, the hallucinogenic alkaloid that allows them to commune directly with their gods. “There is clear and growing evidence of a link between cultural diversity and biodiversity, between reverence for the land and a breadth of often unique and special plants and animals,” said UNEP director Klaus Toepfer, launching the fund on 18 March at a meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Curitiba, Brazil.”

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