Business & Policy Corporate Responsibility This Photo Is What Rainforest Destruction Looks Like By Ilana Strauss Yale University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ilana Strauss is a journalist who began writing for the Treehugger family in 2015. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Cut, New York Magazine, and other publications. our editorial process Ilana Strauss Updated November 14, 2018 ©. Ilana Strauss Share Twitter Pinterest Email Business & Policy Corporate Responsibility Environmental Policy Economics Food Issues I was walking through the rainforest and saw something odd.I traveled to the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador a while back. I was walking through the jungle with a small group of indigenous folks and tourists, and we came upon something that looked out of place amidst the tangled plants: a road. But not just any road. This road was massive. One indigenous guy explained that companies used it for oil mining. Of course. Why else build a giant road in the jungle? It looked so out of place, I snapped a photo. Amazonian rainforest countries are under huge pressure to let companies come in and drill for oil, cut down timber, and use the forest in various destructive ways. I knew all that before. But somehow, seeing it in person made it feel more real.