Y'all. This is a fucking global emergency.
Some quick facts:
The Amazon rainforest is responsible for 20% of the world's oxygen. (**edit below)
It's home to numerous species of wildlife.
It is referred to as the lungs of the Earth.
And it's been burning for weeks, and no one is talking about it.
What is happening right now is an emergency that should be concerning all of us. The air we breath is at stake. This isn't exaggerating. Our lungs are destroyed as we speak and we are only just finding out.
This is our future. Are you upset about Spiderman? Same. Were you sad over Notre Dame? Same. But this is so much more important.
SPEAK UP. GET THIS KNOWN. Even if you can't do anything else, at least raise awareness to put some pressure out there on those who can do something. OUR HOME IS AT STAKE. The skies in São Paulo turned black. We are losing our most valued rainforest. WE CANNOT JUST SIT BACK.
**Edit: Many of you pointed out how the 20% oxygen phrase can be misleading (and many thanks, don't want to misinform). So, to clarify, it means that the rainforest provides us with an amount of oxygen that is then used by living organisms to survive. It is not a surplus, however; its carbon footprint is neutral because all this oxygen is used up. However, it remains essential, because, without it, we are left with less oxygen to sustain the organisms living now, which means some organisms will die. Also, without the forest, we will have fewer sources that absorb carbon dioxide, so greenhouse effects will be more pronounced. Many thanks for pointing this out.
If you want to help, I have reblogged a list of links with ways to help. Will keep it on the top of my dash for the next days.
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Veganism will not help the rainforest.
I’m not one of those nihilistic “there’s NOTHING us consumers can do!!!” people nor am I one of those anti-vegan bacon cultists but I’m seeing a lot of discourse about this and people on both sides need to be aware of something:
The beef industry is only the leader in Amazon deforestation because it is the highest bidder right now. For half a decade that was exceeded by soy production and in Indonesia the biggest rainforest killer is palm oil. Rainforest land that isn’t sold directly for some kind of food production gets cut down anyway because they still sell the timber and then the land is auctioned away to whoever will take it, even if it’s practically pennies, because the people holding that land have made a profit either way and a corporation that buys it for cheap is almost guaranteed to get some kind of use out of it or find someone else who wants it.
Changing your diet will do absolutely nothing. Neither will boycotting paper and wood products. If they couldn’t even give the logs away they would raze the land and, again, just sell it for the corporate equivalent of a nickel.
Protecting the land, period, is the only thing that makes a difference. The only thing. THE ONLY thing. ONE THING.
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How to help the Amazon !!
Hey, I know things look scary with the Rain Forest burning and all that and it is indeed grimm and i’m aware this is mostly the fault of corporations and far-right President Jair Bolsonaro but here’s some things you can do to help even a little.
Stop buying products with palm oil
Sign this petition started by The Army for Climate for banning commercial deforestation that already has 4 million signatures but the more the better
Ecosia, the eco-friendly search engine has stated that they are planting millions of more trees in response to this disaster. You can help by changing your default search engine from google to Ecosia!
Donate to SOS Amazônia they are a big conservation organization that is trying to save the Amazon
Donate to AmazonWatch who are also trying their hardest to protect the trees and the animals in the rain forest!
Everything helps even a little I know its tempting to fall into despair and this is not the fault of the common man but even a little helps and if nothing please reblog this to spread the message.
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