The photos below were taken by Rodrigo Baleia on the many trips he has taken to the Amazon Rainforest since 2000. After 218,000 miles of flight documentation he has learned a lot and cares deeply about the rainforest, and has made it his mission to show others why they should care too. He is striving to change people’s idyllic, exotic image of the Amazon where “nature was untouched and people were living in harmony” and replace it with these graphic photos of destroyed land. It is only then, when people can visualize the damage being done that they will realize things need to change.
Mr. Baleia’s photos document changes in the landscape and its inhabitants from 2000-2012. He says he has even noticed patterns in the land, such as patches of land being changed into pastures for cattle or soybean crops. Possibly the most eye-opening part of his journey has been observing how the impacts of large projects such as dams reach the forest and the smaller communities that live deep within it.
Read the original story in the Wall Street Journal.