Fires are devastating the Amazon
The Amazon is being deliberately burnt, often to make way for products sold across the world. Trees that have stood for hundreds of years are being chopped down and devastating fires lit to clear the ground.
At the end of last year, new figures showed the level of destruction in the Brazilian Amazon had surged to a 12-year high. This is devastating Indigenous Peoples and local communities, killing wildlife and making the climate crisis worse.
But we can all be a crucial part of the solution. 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. HELP END THE UK'S ROLE IN THE DESTRUCTION
Many of the immediate threats to the Amazon are symptoms of a deeper illness. Globally we’re using the planet’s resources faster than nature can restore itself. The destruction of amazing rainforests like the Amazon is partly being driven by global demand for products that may have come from deforested land.
We can’t shy away from the fact that products sold right here in the UK may have played a part in fuelling fires in the Amazon and destroying nature across the globe. That's why we're campaigning for new laws in the UK to protect nature - at home and abroad.
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.