Right now, the Amazon is burning.
Over 30,000 fire outbreaks were detected in the Amazon this August alone - an increase of 196% compared to August 2018. Land is cleared and prepared for agriculture through fires, but not normally at this intensity. The current dry season also contributes to the rapid spread of these fires.
Our Amazon is on fire – and this is a direct consequence of accelerated deforestation.
And the repercussions are devastating
The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and a key ally in fighting the climate crisis. It’s meant to absorb carbon, not produce it. The trees in the Amazon contain up to 140 billion tonnes of carbon. That’s the equivalent of what humans produce in 100 years. Put simply, there’s no way we can fight the climate crisis without stopping the destruction of our forests.
Despite covering only 1% of the planet’s surface, the Amazon is home to 10% of all the wildlife species we know about, and there are probably many more yet to be discovered.
It's devastating to see this precious place burning.
But there are things YOU can do.
1. Donate to our emergency appeal
With the money raised, our Amazon teams along with local organisations will carry out urgent work on the ground including:
- Supporting key local and indigenous communities’ needs for medical support, fire fighter training and security
- Working with local governments where possible on procedures for fighting fires and deforestation
- Wildlife monitoring, rescue and recovery care projects
- Campaigning for action from the Government.
This is the first urgent response and we’ll keep reviewing where the money is most urgently needed in the Latin America region.
2. Show your outrage
Share it on social media. Talk to your friends and family about it. It’s up to all of us to make this socially, economically and politically unacceptable, and to help stop it happening again in the future.
The more voices we have, the louder our call for urgent action. Keep sharing updates, tag influencers, demand a rallying cry.
3. Join our campaign
We need your support to demand the UK Government commit to a deadline ending the sale and importation of goods that have caused deforestation.
The UK Government must work with other global governments to tackle the global climate and deforestation emergency at every upcoming global event.
We want them to use all the tools at their disposal, including trade deals, to support countries making a rapid transition to a climate and nature friendly future.
4. Educate yourself
The Amazon contains over a third of the world’s remaining rainforest, but we’re losing it – fast. The more you learn about the crisis that’s happening, the more you can help.
The fires are a direct result of soaring deforestation rates to illegally claim land and clear land for cattle ranching and agriculture. We've seen a massive increase in the number of fires in 2019, and half of these have been in the last 20 days. While fires are not unusual at this time of the year, the sheer scale and intensity of these fires is exceptional, and the direct result of increases in deforestation rates by farmers going largely unchecked by Brazillian government.
The food we eat shouldn’t cost the Earth – but it often does. Forests globally, are being cleared to rear livestock for meat and dairy, and to grow crops to feed the increasing livestock populations. Less demand means less deforestation.
5. Be part of the change
Become a member and support our work in the Amazon. We work with civil society groups, business and local governments in the Amazon to increase commitments towards conservation and reversing climate change. We can’t do this without our supporters.
From tackling unsustainable practices, to supporting communities in their defense of their Amazon livelihoods, this work is more important now than ever. We’re all in this fight together.