Here is a chilling thought – If burning in the Amazon rainforest continues at its current rate, scientists predict the Amazon will likely stop producing rain and break down within 20 years.
This means, taking with it the forest wildlife and all its biodiversity.
The 2019 Amazon rainforest wildfires season saw a year-to-year surge in fires occurring in the Amazon rainforest and Amazon biome within Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Peru during that year’s Amazonian tropical dry season.
Fires normally occur around the dry season as slash-and-burn methods are used to clear the forest to make way for agriculture, livestock, logging, and mining, leading to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.
Such activity is generally illegal within these nations, but enforcement of environmental protection can be lax.
The increased rates of fire counts in 2019 led to international concern about the fate of the Amazon rainforest, which is the world’s largest carbon dioxide sink and plays a significant role in mitigating Global Warming.
Forests are burning and you probably contribute to it.
The forest burns, what does that mean for biodiversity?
Fires means thousand-year-old trees are destroyed.
This also means habitat loss, one of the most pressing threat to species survivals such as jaguars and white-cheeked monkeys.
Humans are also affected
This tragedy is decimating the lives of Indigenous People.
Their land is being invaded and completely destroyed, while they risk everything to save the forests we all rely on for a stable climate.
If we help to protect their home, we’ll protect ours.
Every time you shop, you throw some oil on the fire
Supermarkets and fast food companies are set to profit from this disaster, as they decimate thousands of hectares of forest to produce their industrial meat.
We can’t stand by while the precious biodiversity our future depends on is destroyed for corporate profit.
The crucial role of organisations such as Greenpeace to watch out rogue farmers and buyers
I have a Greenpeace membership and are more than happy to cover the yearly donation.
They, like many other charities, are doing an essential work or monitoring the fires and expose the companies who are responsible. Armed with this evidence, our campaigners can meet with supermarket and fast food bosses and hold them to account for their supply chains.
They’ll use videos and press coverage to create a mass movement to expose the truth behind the food they are selling us. And our brave activists will take peaceful direct action to stop forest destroying companies in their tracks.
(Industrial) meat production is annihilating natural resources and biodiversity
Right now, industrial meat is one of the leading causes of the global nature emergency.
This July, 6,803 fires were started in Brazil – far more than last year. Deforestation on this scale doesn’t just destroy trees and accelerate climate change.
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Did you know that a ‘new’ species of animal or plant is discovered in the Amazon every three days?
As the forests are slashed and burned, we’re losing precious plant species and wildlife at an alarming rate too.
It’s driving plant species to extinction before we can discover and benefit from them.
Wildlife like the jaguar is also under threat of disappearing from our world.
Even more shockingly, Indigenous People may be driven to extinction by the devastation too.
Why is this happening?
Farmers and ranchers clear forest to grow soya and to graze cattle to sell to mammoth industrial meat producers like JBS. Food giants like Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Burger King, McDonalds and KFC also cash in on the destruction by selling this industrial meat.
In South America, there’s been a surge in deforestation and nature loss, driven by Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who’s openly rolling back forest protection so agriculture can expand.
At the same time, he’s encouraging land-grabbing and violence against Indigenous People who are putting their lives at risk to protect the forest.
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