ACT in the Press

Are you ready to delve into ACT's work across northern South America? In the stories below, you'll learn more about our projects, as well as meet some of our key partners, including indigenous leaders. Written by journalists at prominent publications, ACT staff or friends of our organization, these articles provide a glimpse into our myriad programs.

The Medicine Man and the Microchip

by: Dr. Mark Plotkin
Publication: Huffington Post (January 2014)

Diverse tropical ecosystems like rainforests and coral reefs may harbor microorganisms able to produce compounds that -- when made less toxic, more effective or used as inspiration to develop new medicines -- may give us new antibiotics, new treatments for cancer and new treatments for stress. Western medicine, in spite of the superlative nature of its success, does have its holes.

Women Reclaim Cultural Knowledge in Northwestern Amazonia

by: Charlene deJori
Publication: Huffington Post (November 2013)

An hour before dawn, we landed at a small airstrip deep in the mountains of the Colombian Amazon. This remote forest -- ringing with the sounds of frogs, monkeys and parrots --seemed surreal, as did my reason for visiting. Over the next five days, I would photograph the annual conference of the region's female indigenous healers.

Revolutionizing Education in the Colombian Rainforest

by: Eva Erickson
Publication: Huffington Post (October 2013)

While top-of-the-line outdoor gear and insect repellents work well in the Northern California backcountry, they're next to worthless in the Colombian jungle. This was my first lesson traveling from the West Coast to a region with 100-degree temperatures and 90 percent humidity, where bugs feed on any millimeter of exposed of skin and the humid air dissolved my malaria pills into a sludgy mess before I could take them.

Colombia establishes giant rainforest park

by: Rhett A. Buttler
Publication: (August 2013)

Next week the Colombian government will officially double the size of its largest national park, reports El Espectador.
Chiribiquete National Park in southern Colombia will expand from 12,990 square kilometers to 27,808 square kilometers, making it one of the biggest protected areas in the Amazon. The expansion will include areas thought to be inhabited by two "uncontacted" or voluntarily isolated tribes. These areas were potentially at risk from oil exploration and mining.