The Amazon Rainforest is on Fire: Here's How You Can Help!
The Brazilian Amazon rainforest is on fire, and it has been burning straight for more than two weeks.
Home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species, the Amazon rainforest produces 20% of the world’s oxygen and it plays a vital role in the planet’s ability to fight global warming.
Since the beginning of this year, there have been over 73,000 forest fires, which is 84% higher than last year. Since last Thursday August 14th, 2019, there are 10,000 new fire points.
Activists and scientists blame Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro saying that through his new policies since coming into office January 1, 2019, he has dramatically increased deforestation in the Amazon rainforest you can read more on what is causing the forest fires here.
So what can you do to help?
Donate to a charity such as:
Contact your local officials and voice your concerns
In the U.S. https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
Search, review and sign Change.org petitions. A lawyer in Rio Branco named Gabrielle has accumulated over 270,00 of his 300,000 signature goal to “Stop the burning of the Amazon rainforest!”
Be a conscious consumer by supporting companies that source from sustainable supply chains
70% of the deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is attributed to cattle farming the other Brazil is the worlds largest exporter of beef, exporting approximately 200 million pounds of beef into the U.S. every year
If you currently can’t see yourself completely cutting meat out then ask yourself, do I know where my meat comes from? If the answer is no, then find a local farm or butcher and buy your meat directly from them
Stop eating soy (also found in vegetable oil). Soybean cultivation destroys habitats for wildlife and increases greenhouse gas emissions. 42 million tons of soy production is produced annually in Brazil. Read ‘Why Soy is So Bad For You and The Planet’ here
Check that the paper and wood you are buying is ‘rainforest safe’ on Rainforest Alliance
Share the below template on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest using hashtags like #ActForAmazonia #PrayForAmazonia #SaveTheAmazon to help raise awareness. This puts pressure on the media to put more coverage on this crisis, which in turn puts pressure on the governing bodies to take action