What’s Left of the Undiscovered Amazon

What's Left of the Undiscovered Amazon

Fiona Perry, Writer

We walked for miles and miles across the Amazon rainforest, the mud sticking to our boots and the sun glaring on our backs. Every sight looked new, unseen by human eyes, and it was easy to get deceived by the gorgeous colors and plants, but it was all a lie. Behind the amazement, a thick layer of dread hung in the air. Every step we took, had already been taken by someone else. Humans had already dominated this land, they swept over it like a hurricane leaving only half of the rainforest for the animals. The other half, they took for themselves to make space for farming fields and other unnecessary things. In the back of our minds, we each wished that we had been here 500 years ago when the rainforest was new and undiscovered by humans.

We stopped to make camp for the night, making a circle out of logs and stumps scattered across the forest floor. The tree debris reminded us of our journey through the rainforest and how this might be the last chance of our lives to complete it. Around us, the air turned sticky with shame and sadness. In forty years, the land around us would be a wasteland and all of it would be gone. No more rainforest, no more Amazon, no more animals.

Our thoughts were interrupted by a loud, “Kaheet! Kaheet!” It was the sound of a bird! We all dropped everything and started flipping through our journals to identify what animal could make that sound, and we couldn’t find a single one. Shaking with joy, we all silently walked through the trees trying to get a view of the strange bird. Finally, we found it in a tree. It had green feathers on its wings and huge red feathers sticking up out of its neck, resembling a lion mane. This was everything we had ever dreamed of. We had found a brand new species of bird. A bird never discovered by humankind before.