Journalist Frankie Snobel was used to writing features about green technology and Part L, but wanted to get involved even deeper in the global challenge to combat carbon. With the support of many key electrical industry sponsors, including Eaton, Frankie headed to the Manu Biosphere Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon to work as a rainforest conservation volunteer. Her goal was not only to get involved with the gruelling conservation work taking place, but to also report on the effects deforestation and climate change are having on the environment.
Working alongside an Amazon conservation charity called CREES, Frankie’s journey involved trekking through rough jungle terrain to assist in various projects, including planting trees, building biogardens and monitoring wildlife. Venomous snakes, giant insects, spotted fever and no electricity or hot water made the experience very challenging at times.
“Working in the Amazon was not an easy feat,” said Frankie. “The jungle is a fascinatingly beautiful place, but it pushes your boundaries both physically and mentally.”
Along with getting her hands dirty in conservation work, Frankie used the opportunity to interview indigenous communities and scientists about the changes occurring within the Peruvian Amazon.
“One of my main goals was to take what I learned there to raise awareness back in the UK about the state of the rainforest and its future,” said Frankie. “Deforestation and oil exploration are occurring at an alarming rate and if there is a time to act, it is now. This includes considering alternative energy sources and green technologies and also small steps, such as recycling or simply getting involved in conservation work.”
Want to find out more about the weird and wonderful creatures Frankie encountered in the jungle and the conservation work she did? Coverage of Frankie’s project, including a documentary video, photo gallery and blog can be found at www.voltimum.co.uk/amazonfrankie .
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