Now What is a series I've wanted to do for a while now, mostly because I found myself asking that question at the end of a bunch of stories I've covered over the years. I honestly wanted to know what, if anything, could be done about a lot of these big, ongoing struggles -- with climate change, with homelessness, with food production, etc.
The lack of enforcement of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement has allowed the illegal timber trade to flourish and has put our environment, climate, businesses and consumer rights at risk. And now the United States is negotiating a new free trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), that includes the U.S., Peru, and ten other countries.
In my daily routine I often forget about how fortunate I am to have certain luxuries such as running water, electricity and a fast Internet connection. To us, these amenities may seem expected because we live in a developed country. However, during my recent 45-day adventure to Peru, I had an enlightening experience.