Amazonia is much more than just the earth’s lungs: it is home to 20 per cent of the world’s fauna, 20 per cent of its fresh water reserves and countless animal species.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Brazil started the conquest of the massive ancient forest in order to increase the country’s prosperity – a people without land moved to a land without people, built roads, dams and cities.
Since then, two million hectares of tropical rainforest have been burned down and cleared in the Amazon every year.
An area approximately the same size as France, 65 million hectares, has now disappeared.
Today, the earth’s largest forest is home to 20 million people: All of them have their own, usually conflicting, ideas about the future development of the Amazon region.
The Internet Indians
A film by Ilka Franzmann