As you’ve probably read, the Amazon is burning, and has been for awhile.
Forest fires in the Amazon aren’t new. Fire is a common tactic used by some farmers to clear space for cattle grazing for beef production.
This time, though, the fires have reached new magnitudes and new levels of concern.
As we watch “the planet’s lungs” burn from afar, here are some things that we can do.
Read labels. If you eat meat, look at where it’s coming from. Many of the fires are a product of deforestation for cattle grazing – ultimately in service of beef production. Consider buying locally and ethically raised and produced meat. When possible, purchase beef at your local farmer’s market or directly from farmers.
Plant a tree through One Tree Planted. $1 plants 1 tree. Maybe plant a few.
Change your default browser to search via Ecosia instead of through Google. They donate 80% of their profits, use searches to plant trees, and don’t track or sell user data.
Purchase Rainforest Alliance Certified products when possible.
Donate to, or share information about, the Rainforest Action Network to support an acre of the rainforest.
Support the World Wildlife Fund’s Emergency Appeal; Amazon Watch; the Amazon Conservation Fund; or the Amazon Conservation Association, or the Amazon Rainforest Conservancy through a financial contribution, or by sharing resources and information.
Even from afar, there is always something we can do.
Thank you for reading and for taking in action in whatever way feels right for you.