Seeds: After finding oil reserves in the Amazon region, many companies have taken to drilling in the area. Unfortunately, these oil drilling expeditions often contaminate the surrounding water sources, leaving many without clean drinking water.
Core: In the last month, over 3,000 barrels of oil were spilt into tributaries in Perú as a result of a leak in the Trans-Amazon pipeline. Many impoverished indigenous families relied on this water for drinking and cleaning, but are now suffering because their water is contaminated. The animal and plant life is also suffering greatly at the hands of the oil spill. In attempt to clean up the spill, many scoop up the oil-sodden earth with their bare hands, and end up returning home sick from working in the rivers all day.
Skin: Overshadowed by political drama, various indigenous communities rarely get press coverage, thus never really receiving significant international support. This is problematic not only for the communities whose cultures and livlihoods are being decimated, but also for the rest of the world, given that these areas are hubs of incredible natural resources that aren't found anywhere else in the world.
Leaves: Right now, scientists have no idea what the impact of the spills will be considering there is so much they do not know about the plant life in the Amazon. What is sure, is that currently thousands of indigenous Amazonian families are suffering and in need of both clean water and safer work.
Food For Thought: Do you think that oil drilling should be regulated by stricter international laws? Do you think America or other international countries are doing enough to help smaller communities? Do you think it’s our place?