Rebecca Wolff

By Rebecca Wolff, National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee I hadn’t grasped the true human consequences of oil spills until we immersed ourselves in the situation going on in Peru. The stories our team heard of lingering illness and food insecurity were heartbreaking. As one community member lamented, “When the oil spill happened, [the doctors] arrived in the...

By Rebecca Wolff When I learned that crude oil had started pouring into major tributaries of the Amazon River, it was as if my entire world had been shaken. After three years spent working with indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon as a National Geographic Young Explorer, I felt professionally, personally, and emotionally connected to...