This WORLD RAINFOREST DAY – let’s honor the indigenous communities that have led rainforest conservation efforts for thousands of years.
When we think of the rainforest, we often imagine a lush environment filled with unfamiliar creatures and trees as far as the eye can see. This environment might seem inhospitable to humanity, but did you know that indigenous communities continue to call the rainforest home?
Indigenous people live in rainforests across the world, including South and Central America, Asia, India, and Australia. The most well-known indigenous tribe is the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon rainforest. Living in symbiosis with the rainforest, the 35,000 people in the Yanomami tribe have continued to call the Amazon home for 8,000 years. And the Yanomami are not alone — it’s estimated that over 50 million people live amongst the trees of the rainforest, including: