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Voices From The Amazon

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The Amazon rainforest, also known as the ‘lungs of the earth’, is a place where the relationship between human and nature is evolving at a different pace to that of the industrialised world. Covering an area of five and a half million square kilometres and spreading across nine nations including Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador amongst others, the Amazon Jungle has an unparalleled biodiversity.

Not only is this tropical forest a natural raw haven, it is also the home of numerous indigenous populations, many of which have recently turned into environmental activists to protect their ancestral lands from aggressive exploitation of resources by western corporations. Initially threatened by deforestation, in the last decades, the ecosystem of the Amazon has been at stake due to the oil and gas industry tycoons who are viciously taking advantage of the rich soil of the area.

Negligent toward indigenous and environmental rights, oil companies such as the US Chevron Texaco, have degraded the ecosystem of the Ecuador Amazonia. The pollution of local rivers, oil spilling, and intrusive deforestation have largely affected the biodiversity of the western edge of the forest, threatening the lives of the local population, who of course are not included in the distribution of income this powerful industry produces.

The fragile dynamic of the Amazon ecosystem is currently defended by the people inhabiting it. The same indigenous communities that voluntarily refused to embrace a modern lifestyle in pursue of their ancestral tradition instead now find themselves fighting against some of the hardest players in the game: governments and fossil fuels corporations.

In an attempt to stop this catastrophe, the Amazon natives are sharing their knowledge in order to show the west alternative ways of living and producing, revealing the power of an intrinsic resilience force, hoping not only to defend their lands but to enlighten the path for the future of progress.

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