Could help increase awareness of species in the Amazon that are at risk of extinction.
Could help expose and oppose the destructive industries and corporations contributing to deforestation.
Could help inspire thousands of people to stand up to the Brazilian government and show that the world is watching.
Protecting the Amazon rainforest is one of the most critical battles of our time. The Amazon is home of thousands of species of endemic plants and animals; and it is a major carbon sink. We must not allow the Brazilian government and the logging industry to threaten this critical rainforest.
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We must save the Amazon rainforest
How deforestation and fires are connected
Forest fires are closely linked to the deforestation process. This is because most of the time fire is used to “clear” the area after lumber the forest, preparing the land for livestock. In addition to deforestation, the burning releases CO2 that contributes to global warming in a vicious cycle.
Unfortunately, those who deforest and destroy the Amazon are encouraged by the Bolsonaro government.
The percentage of how much the fires increased in the affected region compared to the same time in 2018.
What is Greenpeace doing about the burnings?
With the support of our donors, each year we conduct monitoring overflights of the Amazon region. On August 23, 2019 we flew over to document this year’s heavy burns and found bleak images like the one on the right.
In 2018 we showed the world the damage left by the fire between the states of Amazonas, Acre and Rondônia. During the research, we identified active outbreaks especially around and within protected areas, which pose a major risk to their survival.
Since the beginning of the year, we have been pressuring the authorities and denouncing, through our communication channels and in the press, the progress of deforestation and the dismantling of Brazil’s environmental policy.
Tackling destructive policies
No matter where you live, the health of the Amazon rainforest affects your life. The forest works as a carbon sink, storing carbon dioxide, preventing it from being released into the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. Deforestation releases the carbon dioxide, fuelling climate change. Around the world, deforestation is responsible for ten to fifteen percent of greenhouse gas emissions. This is why protection of the Amazon is the backbone of our fight against climate change.
Why save the Amazon?
Deforestation in MATOPIBA led the way for soy plantations. This region is considered the jewel of Brazilian agribusiness. Following MATOPIBA as an example, development and deforestation in the region of Cerrado, one of the most threatened biomes in Brazil, is threatening the underground system of aquifers throughout South America.
From colorful butterflies to the biggest snakes in the world, the world's biggest rainforest is made up of a mosaic of ecosystems which has an unmatched biological richness. Standing behind the guardians of the forest means not only protecting the beautiful jungle, but also all these animals that are already deeply threatened - some being found nowhere else on Earth. Let's have a look at which animals a positive action could help save.
Protecting the habitat of Amazonian species
This species is endemic to the north-eastern region of the Amazon, in Brazil, and it is the most endangered primate in the Amazon. It is even extinct in some regions it previously inhabited, the causes being habitat destruction, deforestation or hunting.
One of largest and fiercest cats in the Americas, its conservation status is nearly threatened. Because of development into its natural habitat, conflicts between the species and human are increasing, threatening the species population.
This frog's bright color is a warning to predators that it is highly poisonous and unfit to be eaten. The destruction of its habitat has drastically decreased their population, and as a result, one subspecies has become endangered.
Cousin of the rhinoceros, the tapir is one of the largest mammals in South America. Deforestation has led to severe loss of habitat, and coupled with their low reproductive rates, the tapir is considered highly vulnerable to extinction.