Fires are devastating the Amazon again
Last summer, we were outraged by the deliberate burning of the Amazon. Trees that had stood for hundreds of years were chopped down and devastating fires were lit to clear the ground.
Yet this is happening again - right now. At a rate even faster than before. Between August 2019 and July 2020 deforestation increased by 33% compared to last year. This led to nearly 30,000 fires in August alone.
But we can be a crucial part of the solution. Each and every one of us has a role to play. Whether it’s standing with indigenous peoples at this challenging time, calling for our Government to make sure they’re not adding fuel to the fire, or simply spreading the word – inaction is not an option.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
1. MAKE SURE THE UK’S NOT FUELLING THE FIRES
Right now, the UK government are considering new laws that could bring an end to our role in the destruction – making sure products imported to the UK aren't fuelling the demand for deforested land.
But they'll only act if enough of us speak up. We need them to hear loud and clear: don’t let products imported to the UK push the Amazon closer to collapse.
2. Donate to our Amazon appeal
Last year, your financial support helped us respond to the emergency in the Amazon: 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 directly impacted by the fires.
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:
- Supporting local brigades to monitor and combat fires
- Supporting indigenous communities to defend their territories and land rights
- Supporting indigenous communities in their struggle to survive Covid-19 and it’s impacts
- Campaigning for an immediate end to deforestation and mining in the Amazon
- Supporting the creation of sustainable livelihoods within the Amazon
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.