“We’re killing Tlazoteotl. She’s dying,” the abuela said nervously to the circle.
Her breath became rapid as everyone’s jaws hit the floor and simultaneously became silent.
I felt a cold chill. My heart began to beat rapidly.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Umm hmm,” she said, nodding her head vigorously. “She is being killed. We are killing her. She can’t eat the plastic.
“The Tlazoteotl energy that composts, the earth process that eats what we put in the landfills…she can’t eat the plastic,” she said with a fear in her eyes that she did not want us to touch.
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