Spotlight on the Amazon

The Amazons are a crucial region of the earth: why and how to save the forests may determine our planetary future. The area stretches twice the size of India and through Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname, as well as the overseas territory of French Guiana. It contains 10% of the world’s biodiversity, according to the World Wildlife Federation.

Last spring, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies held a conference on the Amazons. You can watch it here.

With our new Spotlight, we hope to extend the conversation to many countries and many themes, including biodiversity, indigenous rights, industrialization, religion and colonization. If you would be interested in contributing articles or photographs, please contact June Carolyn Erlick,