We Built a Drone from Digital Democracy on Vimeo. Here at the AMA, we love hearing about communities that unite behind the hobby. This next story is about one such community, but maybe not the kind you’d expect. A forest tribe in Guyana, South America turned to model aviation when their lands fell under the threat of deforestation and pollution. Southern Guyana’s indigenous Wapichan community knew their forests were being harmed by mining and logging operations, but they needed proof in order to compel their government to take action. So the community took to the skies. With the help of Digital Democracy, GoPro, and some YouTube tutorials, the indigenous peoples assembled and later flew their very own fixed-winged aircraft. An onboard camera allowed them to take aerial photos of their land, proving once and for all that illegal activity has been jeopardizing their way of life. The United Nations honored the Guyanese tribe with the Equator Prize, an award given to indigenous organizations seeking solutions to pressing climate change issues. While the Wapichan are still in the preliminary stages of meeting with their government officials, they remain optimistic that aero modeling will help them regain control of their lands in the near future. You can read the full story over at Quartz.