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4 Ways You Can Help the Amazon

Feel helpless about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest? Here are a few habit changes that could help make a small difference. 🌳

4 ways that you can help the Amazon rainforest — right now.

Stop eating beef

The growing demand for meat around the world is directly linked to the Amazon fires. The U.S. imports millions of pounds of beef from Central America. Two thirds of those countries' rainforests have been cleared in part to raise cattle.

Use less paper

Illegal logging is on the rise in Brazil. Thousands of miles of rainforest are being destroyed every year to make items like office paper and paper napkins. Large areas are often burned to access trees for felling or to create access to other areas of the forest. Reducing the amount of paper and wood we use is a good way to help reduce commercial pressures on the Amazon, as well as other forests. Where it’s harder to reduce consumption, look for rainforest safe products with the help of the Rainforest Alliance.

Cut down on soy

Soybean production is causing widespread deforestation and displacement of indigenous communities across the globe. Together, The United States, Brazil, and Argentina produce 80% of the world’s soy. Soybean cultivation is expanding in the Amazon due to economics, including high prices for grains. These high prices are driven by increasing demand for meat in countries with a large and fast-growing middle class (especially India, Brazil, and China) and U.S. government subsidies for corn-based ethanol production.

Drive less

The warming of the planet, led by fossil fuels, is a key factor in the increase in Amazon wildfires. Driving less, carpooling, taking public transit can reduce your carbon footprint and help mitigate the effects of climate change. Like mining, oil and gas extraction may not reach the geographic scale of logging and mass agriculture, but the effects of these activities in the Amazon can be felt in a range of ways that are just as problematic.

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09/04/2019 10:19 AMupdated: 09/04/2019 1:21 PM

16 comments

  • Michael S.
    01/15/2020 07:33

    I really had no idea how beef affected the rain forest. About the loggers, they should be apprehended and charged with replacing what they took.

  • John R.
    09/30/2019 19:30

    Need some facts. How much beef is raised on land that was once rain forest? How much paper is made from rain forest trees? How many bushel of soy beans are raised on that same ground? Without facts, your story looks to be driven by the Green movement.

  • Jason B.
    09/25/2019 16:01

    How about more fleets of h20 planes?

  • Rejeanne W.
    09/19/2019 16:42

    Eat more beef. I can not imagine a man at a sporting event ordering a salad.

  • Ahilya C.
    09/14/2019 18:30

    Avoid rest smart alternative for paper we can use www.gaukriti.com and for vehicle we can use Methane as fuel 😍

  • Harshit R.
    09/11/2019 19:40

    that's why i never take extra sheet in exam

  • Vijay J.
    09/10/2019 02:06

    👍

  • Kalyan K.
    09/09/2019 18:30

    But in India, will fight for peoples choices of rabidly eating beef. is a hypocrite. They do absolutely everything that sells their propaganda.

  • Tanmay C.
    09/09/2019 12:04

    this is impossible only strict government rules can make ppl follow such steps.

  • Vivek G.
    09/09/2019 10:27

    People please follow the instructions to save the world....🙏

  • Rajesh K.
    09/09/2019 09:08

    Will Beef lovers quit eating Beef ??

  • Aling K.
    09/09/2019 08:20

    Brut,the buzzfeed of India. But instead of feminist propagandas you spread vegan propaganda lmao.

  • Inman A.
    09/09/2019 07:33

    Wait, if stopped eating cattle, wouldn't they eat more grass.

  • Dan T.
    09/08/2019 00:53

    But Beef is good for iron and helps prevent jetlag

  • Dante d.
    09/06/2019 23:46

    Once the people of Brazil reach the end of the line because corruption in there country thier will be revolution against tyranny and abuse of power in exchange for the life of thier own people and the environment

  • Dina N.
    09/05/2019 14:03

    We really need an eco- police force that protects what we have left of this planet . I don’t eat beef , drive when necessary , but I can’t stop the logging. Train the locals to shoot on sight loggers that encroach on their land .

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