One of the most important eco-systems on our planet is burning at an alarming rate, and has been burning for over two weeks with little to no media coverage. The Amazon rainforest is often referred to as the lungs of our planet, and an area scientists have pointed to as one of our last saving graces against global warming. Not only is the Amazon home to numerous people and animal species, but it's also responsible for producing 20% of the Earth's oxygen each year. These precious rainforests and their life-saving qualities have already been threatened due to deforestation, and now, just like that, they are burning. This is something that does not just affect those living in Brazil and South America — it's a global issue.
While at the moment there is no way to physically help put out the fires without traveling to the scene, there are ways you can help the rainforest in the long-term. We've compiled a few below:
- Protect an acre of the Amazon rainforest by donating to the Rainforest Action Network.
- Support the Indigenous people of the Amazon by donating to Amazon Watch.
- Help buy land in the rainforest through Rainforest Trust. As of today, since 1988 they have saved 23,091,559 acres.
- Protect countless species by donating to World Wildlife Fund.
- Donate to the Amazon Conservation Team who fights against climate change, and to protect the Amazon and the Indigenous people that live there.
- Educate yourself and get involved. Knowledge is power — learn about laws, deforestation, and the current status of the fires.
- Cut down on paper usage and meat consumption — both industries greatly affect the rainforests.
- Only use certified sustainable products.
These rainforests are essential to the livelihood of our planet — please get involved.