A long but entertaining appeal to naive but well-meaning liberals concerned about the rain forest:
Update from a reader:
Actually, my wife and I pretty much did exactly what that guy did (minus the Avatar-style rebellion). Well-intentioned, rainforest-loving individuals should be aware that there are many volunteer opportunities to engage in conservation and biological field research in the rain forests. Many require no previous experience or specialized knowledge. We quit our jobs in 2010 and spent 4.5 months helping out with ornithological projects in the Peruvian Amazon and the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica. There are many programs out there, just a Google search away. Examples are here and here.