When thinking about deforestation and climate change and possible solutions to these urgent matters, it is imperative to understand that deforestation continues to happen if we don't focus our attention on the socio-economic aspect of the problem.
Over the last several generations, influenced by outsiders, especially oil, mining and timber industries, indigenous communities of the Amazon have moved away from traditional practices and become dependent on natural resource extraction to fulfil their immediate needs. In addition to making them dependent on others for survival, these actions have resulted in devastating consequences for the rainforest.
"We cleaned out everything; we even cut down the forest that we had set aside for tourism. We made guayusa monoculture because they offered us a business to sell plants and earn money to feed our families. Then they terminated the agreement without warning