Amazon River Run – Kayaking, learning and re-thinking

18 June 2015 | ResolutionPossible

Olie Hunter Smart; Tarran Kent- Hume; kayaks; Lima; Peru;  Amazon River Run; Amazon rain forest

Lima, Peru – The Amazon River Run team, Olie Hunter Smart and Tarran Kent- Hume, getting comfortable in their kayaks during preparations for their trip. They will be traveling the length of the Amazon river for the next four to five months

Resolution:Possible’s research into the impact our lifestyles have on people and environment around the world could not be better illustrated than by the Amazon river and rain forest. Our demand for more meat, gold, timber and sadly cocaine are all major factors in the steady decline of the region.

Why is this a problem? Because we need the Amazon rain forest. Not only are the forest and river home to many of the world’s rarest species of animals and plants, there is also a clear link between the health of the Amazon and the health of the planet. “The rain forests, which contain 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, help stabilize local and global climate. Deforestation may release significant amounts of this carbon, which could have catastrophic consequences around the world”, says the WWF.

WWF Endangered species in the Amazon

What do the Amazon river and forest mean to our everyday lives? Find out more in this fact file compiled by the WWF: The Amazon “is one of Earth’s last refuges for jaguars, harpy eagles and pink dolphins, and home to thousands of birds and butterflies.”

Olie Hunter Smart from Amazon River Run, together with Tarran Kent-Hume, is kayaking the length of the Amazon river over the next four to five months. The team is currently in Lima, Peru, to prepare for their 6,500 km journey. Olie has generously agreed to put on the proverbial ResPoss hat while he is out there and will share with us his findings, photos, film and especially what he has learned from the people and the environment out there in relation to what we are told about it back home. The illegal coca production in the infamous red zone, logging, deforestation for grazing and agriculture and the mining for gold will be the obvious topics, but what we would like to know is what do people for whom this is an every day reality think and how do they deal with it?

We are so excited about and very grateful for Olie’s generosity in sharing his experiences with us in the months to come. Track Olie and Tarran’s progress on the Amazon River Run blog and of course watch out for our updates on their findings too.

Watch this wonderful Google Hangouts chat hosted by Joe Grabowski, a Grade 8 teacher at a primary school in Ontario, Canada, between Olie and Taran and seven classes across North America where the students ask the Amazon River Run team questions about their up coming journey.

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