Digital Democracy in Ecuador
This video from Digital Democracy shows how they are working with communities in northern Ecuador, whose lands and waters have been badly affected by half a century of oil extraction. They are using drones to gather images showing just how close the oil drilling and pollution are to houses and the water supplies used by communities. The drones also show the changes from intact rainforest to palm plantations, and the impact of roads. Digital Democracy trains local residents to create maps, using GPS equipment and drones. A resident explains the importance of the work, in terms of gathering evidence that they can use to defend their territory.