I know that the date has passed; however, the damage and the action required is present right now.
This day was organised to bring more attention to the Amazon being on fire!
Nilla and I have been very fortunate in that we enjoyed a camping trip in the Amazon. An extraordinary ecological setting. A highlight was seeing the rare giant Otters on our last morning.
To think their environment and their very existence is under threat from fires appals me.
Somehow we must do something!!!
Everything I’ve seen is incredibly concerning; however, it’s honestly difficult to know what to do.
One of the most knowledgable and informed people in the world is Lynne Twist, co-founder of Pachamama Alliance, who has been an advocate for the rainforest for twenty years. She created a quick video for all of us sharing her views:
The Amazon rainforest is known as “the lungs of the planet”, and that’s a great visual to think about; however, it’s not quite right.
According to Factcheck.org, “The Amazon isn’t critical because it makes oxygen for humans to breathe — that was largely done by phytoplankton in the sea over millions of years. Instead, it’s because of the area’s rich biodiversity, its vast stores of carbon and the way the forest influences the local and global climate.”
It’s this biodiversity that is genuinely life-saving to US...and we haven’t even scratched the surface of what’s there. Many of the rarest plants used for cancer treatment (as well as thousands of other medicines) come from the rainforest. And that’s not even counting the diversity of different life there. The World Wildlife Fund stated: "Despite covering only 1% of the planet’s surface, the Amazon is home to over 10% of all the wildlife species we know of. Plus a lot that we don’t know about.”
And this is being burned away, as we speak, at an alarmingly scary rate!
The ecological damage here is unknown.
The number of fires in Brazil this year is the highest on record since 2013 and is up by 85% from last year alone, CNN reported. They’re at over 80,000 fires so far.
Indigenous people of the Amazon have sounded the alarm about the risks to the rainforest, and we cannot let the Amazon burn to pay attention finally. (Yes, this has been happening for a long time, but ultimately, people are paying more attention.)
My heart immediately sunk when getting this news...and regardless of who is “at fault” for the current situation… we will all experience the side effects… s cliche as this sounds… the health of our planet is in peril.
So, what can we do about it right now?
For starters, you can visit and support a few organisations that are protecting the rainforest by empowering indigenous people:
https://amazonwatch.org/ has been working to stop the fires by protecting the rainforest and our climate by supporting indigenous peoples.
https://www.survivalinternational.org/ is a global movement to protect the lives and land of tribal peoples.
And of course, https://www.pachamama.org/ is doing everything they can to spread global awareness.
This is an excellent round-up article of the background and other actions you can do:
Thank you for reading this as it shows you care about the planet as we do. Together we can make a difference.