One man’s fight to save the forest in Ecuador
Alfonso Wajuyata lives deep in the Amazon rainforest. Alfonso’s two-storey wooden house is far away from any town or city but every so often the air fills with the drone of heavy traffic. It is the sound of the trucks carrying felled logs to Ecuador’s timber markets. Much of this timber has been cut down illegally.
“Illegal loggers are coming in and chopping down a vast number of trees,” says Alfonso, pointing to gaps which used to be covered in vegetation. “It causes contamination – they spill fuel and throw plastic everywhere. They leave rubbish all over the forest and no-one comes to clean it up.”