What Can We Do For The Amazon?

Despite its remoteness, it is possible to contribute to the preservation of the Amazonian forest.

The Amazonian forest, which produces 20% of the world's oxygen and absorbs 14% of atmospheric CO2, is essential in the fight against global warming. The huge fires that have been ravaging Brazil for several weeks are therefore a global disaster that has moved Internet users around the world. And that's good because, wherever they are, they can contribute to the preservation of the Amazonian forest. Here is how.

By Making A Donation

It is possible to contribute to the fight against deforestation, which is largely responsible for the current fires, by making donations to the Rainforest Trust and the Rainforest Alliance. Both use the funds raised not only to protect tropical forests but also to carry out reforestation projects. The Arbor Day Foundation has also set up a program to preserve tropical forests, which are home to about 50% of the world's plants and animals. As for the Amazon Conservation Team, it partnered with the local tribes to protect the forest.

By Verifying The Certification Of Products

As forests are burned for agriculture, it is important to ensure that you obtain goods that have obtained the Rainforest Alliance Certified, which certifies that they have been produced without endangering the tropical forest. Thousands of products are involved, including chocolate, bananas, and coffee. For wood, look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label, the highest ecological, social and economic standard for logging.



By Not Eating Beef Anymore

Every action to reduce its consumption and greenhouse gas emissions can only contribute to reducing the pressure on the Amazon forest. "Be a conscious consumer, be careful to choose products from companies engaged with responsible supply chains," writes Rainforest Alliance on Facebook. "Eliminate or reduce beef consumption, as livestock farming is one of the main causes of deforestation."

By Using Our Rights

The organization suggests calling for more measures to protect the environment, calling on politicians, voting for those who "understand the state of climate emergency and are willing to take major action".

You can also sign the petition "Stop the burning of the Amazon rainforest", which calls on the Brazilian authorities "to open an investigation to determine the causes of the increase in fires in this region and to hold the perpetrators accountable".

It has already collected more than 2 million signatures worldwide.

By Camille Hamet, published on 23/08/2019