Beneath the Canopy

Beneath the Canopy

The Achuar Fight Against Big Oil and Climate Change
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John Ahni Schertow
August 30, 2015
 

The Peruvian Amazon, which encompasses some 300,000 square miles, is an extremely biodiverse landscape larger than the state of Texas. For its size, it is very sparsely inhabited—it takes up 60% of Peru’s landmass but is only home to about 5% of the country’s 30 million people. This 5% is made up primarily of indigenous people, some of them having had minimal contact with the outside world.

But the region is under threat from two vastly different but interconnected sources: resource extraction and climate change. Fusion recently traveled to the remote area to document one tribe’s ongoing effort to confront these modern day plights—an endeavor they have undertaken in a way that both honors their heritage and prioritizes future generations.

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