A few photos from my class trip to Coca, a petroleum town in the Amazon. A group of environmental activists from an organization called Angel Shingre took us on a “Toxic Tour” to show us some of the catastrophic effects of mining, African palm plantations, and petroleum sites in the area. We visited several of the extraction sites and spoke with local families who have been affected by the oil contamination.

Visiting homes affected by contamination

Petroleum sites

Hiking in the jungle to see oil deposits

Petroleum extraction platform

An oil testing well