To sensitize the world to the challenges of climate change, deforestation and combating poverty
Members of Google Street View service in Brazil and US, and Google Earth Outreach teams, in partnership with charity Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon (FAS), are all set to capture images of the Amazon, Rio Negro Rivers, surrounding forests and adjacent river communities of northwest Brazil.
Google will leave equipment and train some of FAS’ representatives on how to operate these tools, so that they can continue sharing their points of view, culture and ways of life with audiences across the globe.
Google and FAS teams will capture imagery from a 50km section of the Rio Negro River and then stitch the still photos into 360-degree panoramics.
The web search giant’s engineers will use the Street View ‘trike,’ initially developed to reach off road areas – such as Stonehenge and Kew Gardens.
FAS project leader Gabriel Ribenboim said it is very important to show the world not only the environment and the way of life of the traditional population, but to sensitize the world to the challenges of climate change, deforestation and combating poverty.
In a blog post the California-based company said we will pedal the Street View trike along the narrow dirt paths of the Amazon villages and maneuver it up close to where civilization meets the rainforest.
"For many outdoor enthusiasts, travelers and environmentalists, this creates an opportunity to experience the wonders of the Amazon, which will be accessible in a way they’d previously only dreamed about," the company said.