In 2019, Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor set off on one of their now-famous expeditions. This time, Long Way Up. A 150-mile a day drive from the southern tip of Argentina all the way up to Los Angeles, but this time, with a difference – travelling by electric motorbike.
Ewan and Charley paused their journey to spend time in the lush tropical rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon. Visiting one of the Asháninka communities that Cool Earth works alongside, they saw first-hand how local people are developing sustainable incomes to tackle deforestation, committed to finding the best ways to protect the forest.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere like this, where people are really living off the forest. We weren’t driven to do this trip because we are environmentalists, but it’s opened my mind up to what’s going on in the world. It’s been beautiful to come here to the rainforest. It’s spectacular.”
“What we need is for each of us to be conscious of how we treat our forest. I’m thinking of the generations to come. My grandchildren. Leaving something here for them.”
Jaime, Ashàninka community member