If you’re concerned or confused about what’s going on in the Amazon right now here’s what we understand ...
The Amazon rainforest covers much of north western Brazil and it is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, it is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming, aka very important and should be protected at all costs.
How does this affect you?
It is also creates 20% of the air we breathe, has 40% of the worlds tropical rainforests and holds 20% of the worlds fresh water supply, which has a direct effect on every single human on this planet.
In the middle of the day on Monday, the sky above São Paulo went dark as smoke reached from 2,400 km away.
Blame has been pointed at President Jair Bolsonaro (a huge bellened) who has 'allegedly' been encouraging loggers and farmers to clear the land; not like we need the Amazon to keep the earth alive or anything. During his campaign, he promised to weaken the Amazon’s environmental protections—which have been effective at reducing deforestation for the past two decades—and open up the rainforest to economic development. He believes that Brazil has a right to use the Amazon in order to make their country richer.
Due to his beliefs some fires in the Amazon are being deliberately started in efforts to illegally deforest land for raising cattle or to grow soy for animal feeds.
Leaders of many western countries have spoke out against the short sighted views held by the president of Brazil, and the matter was discussed recently at the G7 summit where more than 18 million was pledged to help put out the fires, unfortunately Bolsorano (who is proving to be a massive dick more and more) has rejected the money stating that the money was coming from ‘colonialist’ leaders.
Which leads into us all thinking how can we help?
A lack of media coverage for the first 3 weeks of this fire means we must spread awareness of the direct consequences for our actions.
All over the internet people are sharing the tag #prayforamazonia
As well as spreading the news we also cannot ignore how all of our daily actions contribute to climate change and how we can all make small changes.
Taken from the WWF website here are 5 direct actions you can take to help the Amazon today:
1. Donate to their emergency appeal.
2. Show your outrage, the more voices we have, the louder our call for urgent action.
3. Educate yourself, the more you learn about the crisis that’s happening, the more you can help.
Earth Alliance, set up by Leo DiCaprio among other investors, has been set up to help local partners and the indigenous communities who are on the front lines of protecting the rainforest, 100% of donations go directly to protecting the Amazon.
"The food we eat shouldn’t cost the Earth – but it often does. Forests are being cleared to rear livestock for meat and dairy, and to grow crops to feed the increasing livestock populations. Less demand means less deforestation."