Indigenous people turn to drones to protect the Amazon and climate

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Pedro Agamenon is worried about the land of his indigenous Arara people in the Amazon. Deforestation and fires are endangering large swathes of the Amazon rainforest. Agriculture is encroaching fast. “Our people have often allowed invaders to conquer their land,” says Agamenon, who is a cacique, or chief. “But the territory we live in today, we preserve.” The Arara have now started using aerial drones to monitor and protect the land, thanks to a course offered by an NGO. Agamenon came some 400 kilometres from the indigenous territory of Igarape Lourdes to the city of Porto Velho to see how mem…

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