We urgently need your help to save the Amazon Rainforest! Brazil’s Congress, dominated by the agribusiness lobby, is pushing forward a measure that would dramatically slash the size of conservation units in the Pará state in the eastern Amazon. This would remove conservation protection from 1.2 million hectares (2.3 million acres) of the forest. That area is almost as large as Puerto Rico.
The measure has yet to be approved in full by Congress but would reduce Jamanxim Flona National Forest by 480,000 hectares, Nascentes da Serra do Cachimbo Biological Reserve by 180,000 hectares, the National Park of Jamanxin by 344,000 hectares, and the Itaituba II National Forest by 169,000 hectares.
According to a report from Mongabay, portions of the conservation units would be re-designated as Areas of Environmental Protection (APAs), where private land ownership, agriculture, and forest clearing is allowed. Who would profit? Brazillian agribusiness (wealthy ranchers and farmers) are the most likely to benefit while the rainforests and biodiversity suffer.
According to a Care2 petition, deforestation in Brazil has already increased by 30 percent in the last 12 months. Additionally, 2,000 trees are chopped down in the Amazon rainforest every 60 seconds to make room for agriculture. 1,600 of those trees are chopped down every minute just to make room for cattle to graze and to grow livestock feed. If these rates of deforestation continue, there likely won’t be any rainforests left in the next 100 years. The Amazon Rainforest serves as the lungs of the world and we must save this precious land!
Sign this petition to the President of Brazil, Michel Temer, letting him know you DON’T agree with more logging in the Amazon Rainforest!
While things may seem grim, many organizations are stepping in to reforest the Amazon. For instance, One Tree Planted, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused on planting trees throughout the world teamed up with Waykana Social Impact to help restore a section of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador that has been lost to agriculture and logging.
In conjunction with our #EatForThePlanet campaign, we’re supporting One Tree Planted‘s amazing tree planting program by launching an exclusive, limited-edition 100% organic cotton t-shirt in support. For each t-shirt sold, one Guayusa tree will be planted in the Amazon rainforest, providing a steady source of income for the farmers in the region!
It is up to every one of us to make a difference for the sake of the Amazon. We might not realize it but our own survival is intrinsically tied to this natural wonder. We much act now!
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