We're excited to share the lessons and visuals of the Ecuador cloud forest, a region that's a canary in the coal mine of climate change.
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The StartupCuba.tv crew in the Mashpi Reserve. Photo Startup Cuba.

🕗 Updated 12:15 PM ET, Thu February 4, 2021

For the past 12 months we’ve been working on a project that we shot in Ecuador. Inspired by the devastating destruction of Brazil’s Amazon, we hopped on a plane to the capital city of Quito, next door. From there we went to the Ecuadorian Chacó with some friends at the Mashpi Lodge. Mashpi sits in a cloud forest about three and a half hours outside of Quito. Although technically it’s still “in” Quito but that’s for another story.

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At the time, we thought we were filming a piece about deforestation and its impact on climate change. We wanted to share a first-person point of view of what a rainforest actually looks like. I just don’t think that the majority of us (myself included) truly understand the power of these environments up close. Nor do most of us have experience in the devastation that cutting them down is wreaking on our planet. I don’t want to speak for everyone but to most of us, the rainforests of the world “aren’t our problem.” They’re just something we hear about on TV.

Zuzy contemplates the giant leaves in Ecuador’s cloud forest. Photo credit: Zuzy Martin-Aly

In reality, they’re most definitely our problem and we need to start paying attention. When our story comes out we’ll show you why.

What we didn’t know at the time of our shoot was that the additional lessons we gleaned about the role that balance plays in the rainforest eco-system —in South America and the world in general— would have such relevance a few months later when we would all be introduced to COVID-19.

More importantly, though, is that we’ll bring you up close to a region that is a canary in the coal mine of climate change.

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The StartupCuba.tv crew in the Ecuadorian Chaco. Photo Startup Cuba.

Our stories about our journey in Ecuador and the cloud forest, the contrast we experienced between a strong bio-diversity and weaker one, and our experience at the Mashpi Lodge, one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World and noted as South America’s Leading Eco-Lodge from the World Travel Awards in 2018 and 2019, will be posted here soon. We’re super excited to share them with you. Visually, as you can imagine, they’re stunning. And, in our typical fashion, we had a fun time. More importantly, though, is that we’ll bring you up close to a region that is a canary in the coal mine of climate change.

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