It’s true that consumerist conveniences bring us enjoyment, and make our lives easier. But we also take-on an even greater burden of the world’s toil, through wars, famine, disease, and widespread chaos. It’s easy to forget that there are still uncontacted tribes in the jungles of Peru that are able to live separate from that stress. I believe that isolated tribes in the Amazon should be allowed to live apart from these global nuances, if they so choose. And they don’t have to fight that battle alone, there’s things we can do to help.
Combating The Oil Industry
Oil companies’ exploratory ventures into the remote Amazon create destruction on a massive scale. Toxic pollution, industrial growth, and disregard for the multifaceted ecosystems in the rainforest cause a localized frenzy. There are also companies with less than desirable business practices, such as those that export materials from the most endangered parts of the rainforest. Loss of biodiversity, soil and aquatic pollution, and conflicts with the locals are among the many reasons why these nefarious practices should be halted.
One of the greatest threats to the freedom of Amazonian tribes is deforestation. Simple mathematics says that the smaller the forest, the less isolated the tribes become. Being embedded in an ecosystem for generations, you naturally develop a symbiotic relationship with the nature around you. Because of this connection with nature, tribes of the jungles honor the ways that the rainforest protects, enchants, and provides for them.
Leaving Them Alone
Does anyone remember what happened when Christopher Columbus sailed to America? Genocide. The same can be said for the uncontacted tribes that still remain in the deepest parts of the rainforest. When modern society contacts these tribes, they can spread illness and death on a massive scale, in the same ways that entire tribes were wiped-out from disease during the times of first contact. Identifying these tribes, and laying out parameters for their protection, can make a difference and save their lives.
Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands: here’s what we can do
In January of 2019, I am planning on visiting the city of Iquitos, which is the gateway to the Amazon. While I’m there, I will have a chance to meet members of indigenous tribes. I’ve started a fundraiser so that upon my arrival, I can purchase supplies to give to the people who need them. When most people come to the jungle, they’re charmed by the relatively simple way of life, and they become progenitors of helping to maintain that order. If we all help a little bit, the pathway to redemption can be achieved.
If you would like to donate to my small cause, please follow this link. Just five dollars goes a long way towards getting some of these tribes the things they need.
Other ways that you can make a difference:
- You can make a great impact by working with indigenous Amazonians directly, which you can do through the non-profit Amazon Watch
- You can buy land through the non-profit Rainforest Trust.
- You can donate just $5 US to The Rainforest Foundation to save an acre of rainforest.
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