Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and is therefore utterly vital for storing carbon and helping to reduce the effects of carbon emissions, which accelerate climate change. With the largest rainforest burning celebrities have begun to use their huge power on the internet to reach people. DiCaprio shared a post from the Rainforest Alliance, a nonprofit fighting to raise awareness of the fires.
His post about the World’s Largest Rainforest reads:
The lungs of the Earth are in flames.
The Brazilian Amazon – home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species – has been burning for more than two weeks straight.
There have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year – a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil).
Scientists and conservationists attribute the accelerating deforestation to President Jair Bolsonaro, who issued an open invitation to loggers and farmers to clear the land after taking office in January. The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution.
Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check. The Amazon needs more than our prayers.
The post goes on to suggest some ways in which we can help to protect the Amazon.
So what can YOU do?
As an emergency response, donate to front line Amazon groups working to defend the forest.
Consider becoming a regular supporter of the Rainforest Alliance’s community forestry initiatives across the world’s most vulnerable tropical forests, including the Amazon; this approach is by far the most effective defense against deforestation and natural forest fires, but it requires deep, long-term collaboration between the communities and the public and private sectors.
Stay on top of this story and keep sharing posts, tagging news agencies and influencers.
Be a conscious consumer, taking care to support companies committed to responsible supply chains. Eliminate or reduce consumption of beef; cattle ranching is one of the primary drivers of Amazon deforestation.
When election time comes, VOTE for leaders who understand the urgency of our climate crisis and are willing to take bold action – including strong governance and forward-thinking policy.”
The smoke blacked out the sun in Sao Paulo on Monday and has been visible from space.
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