You Can Help Protect The Amazon Rainforest By Supporting These 7 Organizations

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The Amazon Rainforest is currently burning at a pace that has not been seen in more than a decade. Over 39,000 wildfires have been documented so far this year, a 77% increase from the year before.

You Can Help Protect The Amazon Rainforest By Supporting These 7 Organizations

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The Amazon Rainforest is currently burning at a pace that has not been seen in more than a decade. Over 39,000 wildfires have been documented so far this year, a 77% increase from the year before.


Wildfires have recently poured so much smoke into the air that Sao Paulo’s sky has turned charcoal, blotting out the afternoon sun.


According to the Intercept, the fires have been mainly set by farmers, cattle drivers, and henchmen for other industries that want to raze huge chunks of the forest to expand their businesses. Farmers want to plant crops such as soybean, cattle drivers want to let their livestock graze, while the mining industry, for instance, wants to build roads to transport minerals.


Setting the Amazon ablaze is a quick and easy way to achieve their goals; it is also recklessly endangering the planet.


The Amazon provides 20 percent of the planet’s oxygen, houses millions of different species, regulates massive planetary systems, and buffers countries against the ravages of climate change. According to the Global Citizen, its destruction would accelerate the decline of wildlife around the world and could unravel the efforts that have been made in the global fight against extreme poverty. All of the United Nations Global Goals, for that matter, would be endangered by its loss. 


The industrial interests destroying the Amazon have the support of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who came into office promising to end regulations that shield the forest and also strip Indigenous people who protect the forest of their rights. 


The destruction of the Amazon is not inevitable and countless organizations are working to protect its unrivaled ecological splendor. 



Here are seven organizations you can support to save the Amazon. 


1. Amazon Watch


Amazon Watch fights the destruction of the Amazon, supports Indigenous rights, and finds climate justice solutions.


It also happens to be Lil Nas X’s charity of choice for saving the Amazon. 


2. Amazon Conservation Team


Amazon Conservation Team works hand-in-hand with Indigenous leaders to ensure the long-term welfare of the Amazon Rainforest.


3. Amazon Conservation Association


Amazon Conservation Association has trained hundreds of conservationists who work to support the restoration of the Amazon Rainforest and sustainable Indigenous-led economies. The organization has planted more than 275,000 trees to date. 


4. Survival International


There's no protecting the Amazon without Indigenous communities leading the way. Survival International recognizes this imperative and works to amplify the voices of Indigenous leaders. 


5. International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs


The International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs focuses on protecting Indigenous cultures, which always includes an environment-first approach. 


6. Rainforest Action Network


The Rainforest Action Network “preserves forests, protects the climate, and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns.”


7. Rainforest Trust


The Rainforest Trust has saved over 23 million acres of the Amazon Rainforest since 1988 by funding projects that restore and protect ecosystems.

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