Three summers ago I came out of the Amazon with a painted body, a partially shaved head, and a whole new perspective.
The Kayapo are an indigenous tribe of 8000, living on 11,000,000 hectares [larger than Iceland] of the Brazilian Amazon. The @kayapoproject is a collection of Kayapo and international NGOs working together to help empower the #Kayapo to monitor and protect this land. Developing sustainable small enterprises such as Brazil nut harvesting, handicrafts, scientific field station, increases the incentive to maintain their pristine wilderness and traditional practices.
Living in the Kayapo village of A’ukre, learning about the mega dams, logging, and mining that threaten their livelihood, and seeing pristine #amazonrainforest with its #endangered macaws, caiman, tapirs, peccaries, jaguars (on motion sensor cameras), snakes, and fish, was a life changing experience for me.
Whether in the Amazon, during my #oxford @MScBiodiversity program, or through my research and participation in skiing, outdoor recreation and #sustainabletourism , for me conservation all comes back to experiencing nature. Positive, exciting, and unique experiences help us connect with the people and world around us, and these connections make us care more about our own impact.
That’s why I’m extra excited to be on my way back, this time exploring a new area and assisting with #ecotourism projects scouting. Another source of sustainable development for the Kayapo, ecotourism also provides visitors with the same life changing experiences I had and hopefully encourages engagement in #deforestation, indigenous rights, climate change, mining, mega dams and a number of other issues that threaten this incredible environment and culture.