Right now, the Amazon is at risk.
Last summer, we were outraged as the Amazon rainforest burned. These were deliberate fires, lit to clear the ground after fresh deforestation, killing wildlife and pushing the rainforest ever closer to a tipping point that could be catastrophic for our climate.
Yet this year could be even worse. With the world gripped by a global pandemic, the threat of Covid-19 and damaging new laws proposed by the Brazilian Government mean that the Amazon’s indigenous groups – our nature protectors – are under severe threat.
By doing what we can to stand with them at this challenging time we can support their communities, protect the Amazon, and protect our shared future.
WE MUST STAND TOGETHER.
1. Speak up for our nature protectors
Indigenous groups are on the frontline of protecting the Amazon. But they face numerous and severe threats: from illegal land-grabbers and loggers; from new laws passed by the Brazilian Government that put their rights at risk; and now from Covid-19 too.
Sign the global petition to call for urgent measures to protect our nature protectors.
2. Donate to our Amazon appeal
Last year, your financial support helped us respond to the emergency on the ground: supporting and training local fire brigades, providing drones for indigenous people to monitor where deforestation and land-grabbing is taking place, and providing emergency relief to people on the front line.
As the threats to the Amazon increase, we need your support more than ever. Our Amazon teams along with local organisations will carry out work including:
- Monitoring what damaging policies are being proposed
- Campaigning for stronger action from the government
- Supporting local and indigenous communities to defend their land rights
- Working with local governments where possible on procedures for fighting fires and deforestation.
- Engaging the private sector to be part of the solution
3. Educate yourself
The Amazon contains over a third of the world’s remaining rainforest, but we’re losing it – fast.
And the destruction of our forests isn’t just bad for nature. It’s never been clearer that our health and the health of the planet are one and the same. Our misuse of nature and wildlife across the world puts us all at risk.
Deforestation is one of the biggest threats to the climate, to wildlife and to our health – the more we destroy forests the more we risk a new pandemic. What happens to nature across the world impacts us on our own doorstep, and the choices we make here have an impact on the world.
But the more we know about our forests – and the causes of their destruction – the more we can help spread the word and put a spotlight on the issues.
4. Spread the word
The more people that know about the urgent threats facing the Amazon and it's people, the more we can keep the pressure on. Make sure your friends, family and followers know about the latest situation.
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.