Massive swaths of the Amazon rainforest have been set aflame to clear the way for illegal cattle ranching and other agricultural uses. This is completely devastating for the indigenous communities whose cultures are dependent on forests, and for the countless species of plants and animals found in the forests. It’s also treacherous for planet Earth. Without the Amazon, the world’s biggest carbon sink, the Earth’s climate would become so unstable all life would be put in jeopardy.
A global outcry is needed.
Here are some things you can do:
–Join one of the global demonstrations calling on the Brazilian government to enforce the country’s laws that prohibit deforestation. Most of these events are being held outside Brazilian embassies, connect with some of the organized events here.
–Sign the petition calling on BlackRock to stop financing the agribusinesses that contribute to the destruction of the Amazon.
–One of the most effective things you can do to help is to send financial support to the people working on the ground to defend the forest. Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization supporting the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin to protect their rights.
–Still looking for more ways to get involved? You can join a call with Carlos Saavedra of the Ayni Institute on Wednesday, August 28 to learn more.