For 20 years I have been working in the Ecuadorian Amazon alongside some of the largest oil spills on Earth. I have focused not on the problem but on the solutions.
After travelling down the Amazon from Ecuador to Brazil I produced a feature documentary Blood of the Amazon to investigate the effects of the oil industry on the environment and indigenous people who live there.
I have initiated projects in mycoremedition (using fungi to break down oil spills), agroforestry (to stop the slash and burn of the rain forests), I have built hundreds of families rainwater systems to prevent them drinking contaminated ground water, taught permaculture to local farmers and built a restaurant out of 3,200 eco-bricks (plastic bottles filled with rubbish).
I have worked with numerous small charities but primarily a small organisation called the Committee of Human Rights, it is they who have chosen the families most in need of water.
Contacted by the local Mayor I will continue to freely give environmental advice to the council, environment agency and speak on the local radio.
This will be my last flight ( due to the serious need for us all to limit our flying) and it is time for me to pass my projects over and train another organisation based down in Ecuador.
The money I am looking to raise will fund my transportation, accommodation and food. It will fund the transportation of large rainwater tanks out to remote families and pay an assistant (with a chainsaw) to help with the construction.