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- Albert Einstein

The Indigenous Use Technology to Fight Amazon Deforestation

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

Tom Ford explores how technology is aiding the battle against unlawful destruction of the Amazon.

Photo by Berend Leupen

Over the last few years, indigenous communities living in the Amazon rainforest in South America have increasingly been turning to technology to fight against destruction of the biodiversity hotspot by illegal loggers, miners, farmers and ranchers. 

The rainforest is home to around 5 million of the world’s plant and animal species which, some of which only exist within its parameters. Along with indigenous tribes’ way of life, many of these species are under threat from deforestation. Last year, the world watched in terror as wildfires, likely caused by fires set by farmers to annihilate trees quickly, gripped the region, while June 2020 was the worst June in 13 years for Amazon fires.

This destruction has been going on for decades in other regions of Latin America too – since 2000, three of Central America’s five great forests have been