Amazon rainforest on fire, 12 ways to help!
The sky in São Paulo, Brazil, turned pitch black at 3 p.m. on Monday. What should have been a bright afternoon suddenly became a bleak night. Last week, NASA produced photos from space showing smoke coming from the Amazon like a hazy cloud leaving burned forest in its wake. Within the next couple days, news outlets like CBS and CNN slowly began churning out the cause: The Amazon rainforest was on fire.
Then came the most shocking news: It’s been on fire for about three weeks. As more images of the destruction, suspected to be exacerbated by deforestation efforts, emerged, folks on social media began to feel angry.
Source: Amazon Rainforest
How can you do to help the Amazon Rainforest?
1.Donate to the Rainforest Trust to help buy land in the rainforest. Since 1988, the organization has saved over 23 million acres.
2.Reduce your paper and wood consumption. Double-check with Rainforest Alliance that what you’re buying is considered rainforest-safe. You can also purchase rainforest-safe products from the alliance’s site.
3.Reduce your beef intake. Beef found in processed products and fast-food burgers often comes from the rainforest.
4.The World Wide Fund for Nature (known as the World Wildlife Fund in the US and Canada) works to protect the species in the Amazon and around the world.
5.Ecosia.org is a search engine that plants a tree for every 45 searches you run.
6.Explore Change.org petitions. A lawyer in Rio Branco has accumulated over 77,000 of his 150,000 signature goal to mobilize an investigation into the Amazonian fires.
7.Donate to Amazon Watch, an organization that protects the rainforest, defends Indigenous rights and works to address climate change.
8.Donate to the Amazon Conservation Team, which works to fight climate change, protect the Amazon and empower Indigenous peoples.
9.Amazon Conservation accepts donations and lists exactly what your money goes toward. You can help plant trees, sponsor education, protect habitats, buy a solar panel, preserve Indigenous lands and more.
10.Contact your elected officials and make your voice heard.
11.Donate to One Tree Planted, which works to stop deforestation around the world and in the Amazon Rainforest. One Tree Planted will keep you updated on the Peru Project and the impact your trees are having on the community.
12.Sign Greenpeace’s petition telling the Brazilian government to save the Amazon rainforest and protect the lands of indigenous and traditional communities.
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