Here's How You Can Help The Devastating Amazon Rainforest Fires

The lungs of our planet are on fire, and they need our help.

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.

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#Regram #RG @rainforestalliance: The lungs of the Earth are in flames. πŸ”₯ The Brazilian Amazon—home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species—has been burning for more than two weeks straight. There have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year—a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil). Scientists and conservationists attribute the accelerating deforestation to President Jair Bolsonaro, who issued an open invitation to loggers and farmers to clear the land after taking office in January.⁣ ⁣ The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution. Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check. ⁣ ⁣ The Amazon needs more than our prayers. So what can YOU do?⁣ ⁣ βœ” As an emergency response, donate to frontline Amazon groups working to defend the forest. ⁣ βœ” Consider becoming a regular supporter of the Rainforest Alliance’s community forestry initiatives across the world’s most vulnerable tropical forests, including the Amazon; this approach is by far the most effective defense against deforestation and natural forest fires, but it requires deep, long-term collaboration between the communities and the public and private sectors. βœ” Stay on top of this story and keep sharing posts, tagging news agencies and influencers. ⁣ βœ” Be a conscious consumer, taking care to support companies committed to responsible supply chains.⁣ Eliminate or reduce consumption of beef; cattle ranching is one of the primary drivers of Amazon deforestation. βœ” When election time comes, VOTE for leaders who understand the urgency of our climate crisis and are willing to take bold action—including strong governance and forward-thinking policy.⁣ ⁣ #RainforestAlliance #SaveTheAmazon #PrayForAmazonia #AmazonRainforest #ActOnClimate #ForestsResist #ClimateCrisis πŸ“Έ: @mohsinkazmitakespictures / Windy.com

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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. 

Associate Editor at Livingly. You can reach me by email at sydney.fogel@livingly.com and on Instagram @sydneyfvz
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