sometimes you’re not gonna have support from anyone. keep going anyway. you’re strong enough to make it.
Articulation of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (organized the Indigenous Women’s March and had links to donate to it, so good idea to keep a look for the future): http://apib.info/
Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (part of APIB): https://coiab.org.br/
Podáali Fund / Indigenous Fund of the Brazilian Amazon (you should be able to donate to it): https://www.fundopodaali.org.br/
you might have heard about the amazonian rain forest in the news lately. maybe not, maybe so. most likely the former, because the media has decided to neglect to show that the forest that provides us 20% of the oxygen we breathe has been on fire for more than three weeks straight. são paulo, brazil’s largest city that’s over 2,000 kilometers away from the amazon, have seen massive black smoke and ashes clouding over their city, and its only going to get worse from here.
the president of brazil, who is outright ignoring what has been going on, has been funneling money towards lobbyists and industrial companies, and in turn draining from the environmental agencies that protect the rainforest. president bolsonaro had the director of the INPE fired after he defended scientific proof that deforestation was 88% higher in june that it was last year, claiming he was telling “lies”. he’s done nothing in response to the fires. no funds. no nothing.
y’all, this shit is bad. this is extremely important, and we’ve seen little to nothing done. the loss of biodiversity in the forest will just accelerate climate change, and if this continues, it will grow exponentially. spread awareness. demand coverage. we need the help now more than ever.
if you want to help, here are some links that might be of use:
- greenpeace petition to protect indigenous lands
- change.org petition to start an investigation to discover the cause of the fire
- rainforest action network’s ‘protect an acre’ program
- worldwide fund for nature (wwf) program against climate crisis and towards protecting species
- rainforest trust
- amazon watch
- amazon conservation association
- amazon conservation team
here’s also an article you might find useful if you know very little about what’s going on.
please spread this. pressure governments into taking action. force the media to cover the news. donate if you can and reblog anyways. send the petitions links to everyone you know. do something.
we won’t have a second chance to save the earth. it’s now or never.
Here’s the thing about the burning of the Amazon rain forest. There are things you can do that will affect the rain forest—donate to organizations dedicated to protecting the Amazon; eat less beef; call elected officials and demand action on the fires now. But something that’s very important to recognize about the fire is that this is likely NOT a natural accident (or simply an accident, like the much-compared Notre Dame fire). Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has been aiming to industrialize the rain forest since his election, and it’s becoming more and more clear that he is not only responsible for the inaction in fighting the fire—he is also directly responsible for the causes of this fire.
When Notre Dame burned, there was an outpouring of response from the wealthy and powerful because saving one building in Paris provided them with good rapport. But destroying the Amazon? That provides wealth, it provides land, it provides the industrialization that Bolsonaro has been rallying for since he began in politics through mining and cattle farms. The active deforestation happening in the Amazon is happening because of a political figure, happening because it benefits industries who don’t care about their impact on the world. And what makes this so crucial to understand is that we cannot, really, save the Amazon by fighting the fire with donations and vegetarianism. We have to save the Amazon by fighting the man who created the fire and the companies who stand to gain the most by destroying it. Our ire must flow in a political vein, to the source of a man-made disaster grounded in extremism.
With all that in mind, here’s some ways to aid the Amazon rain forest:
- Absolutely encourage your elected officials to put environmental concerns to the forefront, at home and abroad. America isn’t the paradigm of environmentalism, either—our recent actions with the EPA and the Endangered Species Act prove that we’re capable of ignoring our own wildlife in favor of profit. Make it clear now that environmental issues matter to Americans.
- Keep track of Bolsonaro’s activities, and if you see him attempting a free trade agreement with the United States—FIGHT THAT SHIT TOOTH AND NAIL. American support will only increase the deforestation that started this.
- Refuse to support the American corporations funding Bolsonaro’s actions and, by extension, the current fire. Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Vanguard, Fidelity, TIAA—the pro-forest organization Amazon Watch has detailed all of these companies’ involvement in the destruction of the rain forest.
- On a related note, research the supply chains that link back to the forest, and write to the companies that support them. Target sources its office paper from a Brazilian company closely tied to Jorge Amanajás, a politician with a history of promoting illegal deforestation. Minute Maid and Coca-Cola both benefit Nelson Marquezelli, another politician who has rallied for stripping protections from the Amazon and the indigenous people who fight to defend it. Demand that American companies develop supply chains that contribute less to devastation.
- Don’t shut up about it. Keep talking.