I Bought a Rain Forest, Part 1

In an effort to help protect Peru's Manú National Park from illegal logging, National Geographic photographer Charlie Hamilton James bought a section of rain forest on the edge of the park. What would transpire after this purchase would lead him on a quest for truth to better understand the people behind the Amazon's destruction.

In part one, Charlie Hamilton James is confronted with the complexities of the issues behind rain forest conservation, becoming friends with an illegal logger on his property and living with some gold miners who are polluting and stripping the rain forest.

Watch part 2.

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