submitted by Tony Mangan
On April 2nd 2008, Ed Stafford and Luke Collyer started their attempt to walk over 4,000 miles from the source of the Amazon River in southern Peru to the mouth in Brazil. The expedition will be uninterrupted and is expected to last between 16 and 18 months.
The aim is to use the expedition as an educational tool to raise awareness of climate change by collecting and broadcasting the different experiences of the Amazonian people that live and work in the Andean mountains and the Amazon rainforest. This will be done with the latest mobile satellite transmitters that will send back regular video blogs and interviews.
Ed and Luke will only carry what fits in their rucksacks. Human habitation is scarce in the vast Amazon basin, so they will have to use sustainable survival practices to live off the jungle. If they complete their journey through one of the most amazing and threatened eco-systems left on Earth they will be the first men ever to walk the Amazon.
The expedition aims to attract enough attention to raise both money and awareness for the charities that it is supporting.