Chocolate is more costly than you might think. Child slavery is extremely prevalent in the chocolate industry. Children are forced to work in dangerous conditions without pay, harvesting cacao beans.

In response to critique of these practices, Nestle “warned” that boycotting child slavery could result in chocolate being more expensive to consumers. This is a laughably disturbing argument insinuating that literal slavery is less important than the cost of luxury items. …


In my next series of blogs, I’ll be covering how to have a more ethical diet, starting small and building up to bigger and bigger changes, creating an easy-to-follow pathway. Even if you aren’t ready to take a certain step, another may be easier for you.

Now, of course, most environmental damage is caused by corporations, but that doesn’t mean that you should just give up on being the best you can be as an individual. It’s especially important to recognize that these corporations do damage because it is financially profitable, so, if you use your own purchasing power to…


Through researching this project I have learned a lot not only about the rain-forest, the people who live there, and the threats both face, but also about research itself, which, perhaps foolishly, I did not expect. Lately, with the pandemic raging, everything I do has felt less like learning and more like treading water: proving that I know what I know and that I can exist in a way that is “satisfactory” or at least “acceptable”. My approach to this blog, as well as my long form essay, began as something like that. I felt that I already knew “enough”…


A waterfall in the Rainforest

Protesting and voting for rainforest preservation while buying excessive, destructively harvested rainforest lumber would be a hypocritical and empty statement. Foregoing more destructive purchases, but failing to vote and protest, is really not doing anything at all, it’s just the bare minimum of reducing the harm one does. To protect the rainforests, or at least to do our part to not contribute to the problem, it is necessary to take multiple approaches.

On a larger, governing level, this is true too. Laws and rulings that protect the rainforest can be pushed for in the long term, while in the short…


Rainforest folliage

In my last post, I explored the use of protests and voting to establish full protections (rather than compromises and quota limits) for areas of the rainforest. Of course, the problem with protests as protection is that they require constant effort and awareness, and not every group is able to defend themselves effectively. Protests work on a case-by-case basis protecting specific areas. Another approach, which does not share this weakness is the creation of certifications allowing less destructive producers to advertise and distinguish themselves, and overall quota limits on logging.

This method, while it is undeniably based on compromise, extends…


An overhead view of the Amazon rain-forest

As a nomadic hunter/gatherer people, the Huaorani depend on the rainforest remaining vast and biologically diverse, giving them room to move from place to place, and enough resources to survive off of the land. Beyond just surviving, certain animals, such as the jaguar, are sacred to the Huaorani. Thus development that threatens jaguars threatens a significant aspect of Huaorani culture, and, since the Huaorani forbid the killing of jaguar’s, operations on Huaorani land that could kill jaguars would be extremely disrespectful to their religion and its laws. Furthermore, they are a private people, who have chosen isolation for themselves, and…


How much do you know about where your coffee comes from? How about the lumber that your house is built from? Your snack food? For a long time, even though I am an activist whose work often depends on and centers on the importance of the rainforest, I had no idea that there were human beings who lived there.

A lot is said about the danger that deforestation poses to the planet as a whole and to biodiversity. The rainforests are a key part of the planetary ecosystem. …

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