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.

Technology Can Help Save the Environment

by: Jane Goodall, ACT Advisory Board Member
Publication: USA Today (March 2014)

It is hard for me to believe that I will have lived on planet Earth for 80 years as of this Thursday. I was born on April 3, 1934 and the world has changed in almost all ways possible. I write this article from a laptop computer while flying in an airplane to Nebraska, where I visit every year to see the migration of the majestic Sandhill cranes...

A foot injury? Give me your machete!

by: Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D.
Publication: CNN (February 2014)

"What's wrong with your foot?" asked the medicine man as I ducked into his grass hut to escape the tropical downpour. He could see that I walked with a slight limp. Like many an aging athlete, I had injured myself while training for a hike. I knew I had to condition myself to be able to walk 50 miles carrying a backpack at 9,000 feet.

NASCAR, the NBA, Rubber and the Rainforest

by: Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D.
Publication: Huffington Post (February 2014)

As you watch the NBA playoffs this spring, impress your friends with this fact: the idea for those Nikes worn by LeBron James and Kevin Durant was actually born in the rainforests of the northeast Amazon.
In 1775, French botanist Fusee Aublet observed local Indians there coating their feet with rubber tree sap and holding their feet over the fire, creating the first custom-made athletic shoes.

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.