Dear Friends of ACT,
20 years ago, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) was founded with a novel and motivating mission, to work in close partnership with indigenous people to preserve their knowledge and protect their lands in perpetuity. As 2016 begins, we will contemplate 20 years of innovative work and achievements, and continue our steadfast commitment and support to our partner communities in the rainforests of South America.
As we reflect on the achievements of the past 20 years and plan our goals for the next 20, we're continually drawn back to our connection to the indigenous people of the Amazon—who opened their hearts and minds to us and continue to teach us about the wonders of the rainforest—and to our predecessors, who recognized the importance of biocultural conservation and to whom we attribute our continuity from our inception to our present. In 2016, in addition to continuing our innovative conservation work, we will be digging into our archives so that we may share with you our most exhilarating memories and our most compelling impact stories.
To commemorate and honor that journey of two decades, we will be launching an online, interactive map detailing the travels of Dr. Richard Evan Schultes through the Colombian Amazon. Dr. Schultes’ teachings deeply influenced ACT’s mission and vision. Moreover, we will be producing and publishing several engaging audio and video pieces that let you dive deeper into our history and successes along the way.
We are thankful to all those who have accompanied us along the way. We attribute our continuity to those who held our hands when we were weak as well as those who kept us accountable to our original mission as the scope of our work grew.
Please watch our website, follow us on social media, and stay tuned as we celebrate this milestone in various ways throughout the year.
With profound and continued gratitude,
Mark Plotkin and Liliana Madrigal
Co-founders of the Amazon Conservation Team
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