WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE ENVIRONMENT TODAY: THE AMAZON

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What You Can Do For The Environment Today: The Amazon

As global consciousness and awareness have evolved, it is becoming increasingly crucial for us to understand the Amazon. Storing more than 100 billion tons of carbon, it is an essential part of our earth’s biosphere and must be treated as such. Home to 1 in 10 known species on the planet, the Amazon covers more than 40 percent of South America and acts as the earth’s lungs. In addition, it has 1.4 billion acres of dense forests, which constitute half of the world’s tropical forests, providing a home for 200 ethnic groups – that’s over 20 million people, including indigenous tribes that have never known life outside of it.

WHY IT’S CRUCIAL WE EDUCATE OURSELVES ABOUT THE AMAZON TODAY

Today, because of a high demand for land and resources, much of the Amazon is being cut down for ranching, mining, and timber. While helping the surrounding economies, such efforts are putting our planet at risk of releasing the 80- to 120-billion tons of carbon that are stored by the stunning trees and greenery of the massive basin, the Amazon claims.

Though many indigenous groups and global agencies, such as the UN, are actively increasing people’s awareness, big corporations and companies continue to seek the exploitation and deforestation of the Amazon for monetary profit. In other words, the struggle is still on – last year 46 environmental activists, including indigenous tribesmen, were murdered on account of standing up to logging, mining, and agribusiness. That number is down from 61 the year before. So what efforts are people making to help save this wonder of the earth, the countless species of animals and cancer-fighting plants, the fresh water, and pure life-giving oxygen the Amazon provides?

WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING TO HELP AND HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THEM

Here are four proactive ways humans are banding together to help save the Amazon.

  1. Working With The Indigenous Locals

Around 250,000 indigenous people live in the Amazon. By joining them in their struggle to recuperate their homes, you can help human-rights groups make sure that corporations take into account their destruction of the Amazon.

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  1. Buying Land in Order to Protect It

Because corporations are quickly buying land for its exploitation, nonprofits are fighting back by buying their own land with the aim of protecting it.

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  1. Making Sure Amazon Products are Eco-friendly

It’s easy to ignore the situation in the Amazon and not take accountability. But there are ways you can make sure the products you are buying are eco-friendly, fair trade, and safeguarding the ecology and communities of the Amazon, rather than destroying them.

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  1. Raising Awareness

Getting people to save the rainforest is the same battle as raising awareness. Whether it’s working with documentarians, musicians, environmental organizations, scientists, or artists, or supporting events financially, you can help.

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