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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
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42 comments

  • Connie H.
    09/19/2019 20:39

    We can do this. Easy.

  • Georgina N.
    09/12/2019 09:12

    Very sad 😓

  • Tricia M.
    09/11/2019 15:47

    Soybeans and grain are causing more deforestation than beef

  • Russell S.
    09/11/2019 12:42

    False propaganda, the main cause of ALL problems is overpopulation. All the issues are caused from it.

  • Tojoniaina A.
    09/11/2019 12:23

    https://youtu.be/yyK2hpzNbZ4

  • Luis M.
    09/09/2019 18:59

    Boycott Trump. Boycott tropical Trump. Gloogle all fuckerS exploiting Brazil. Period!

  • Phoenix T.
    09/09/2019 15:56

    Not only beef, but everything from cows, including diary, fur, leather...People in the third and developing countries will be willing to cut down and burn the forests, raise the cows for dairy and/or leather, fur. Everything from cows should be stopped consuming

  • Melisa P.
    09/09/2019 02:57

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B2JkLbpJapd/?igshid=12vowcz8dcz3h

  • Terry H.
    09/08/2019 22:52

    I thought the catchphrase when computers were invented was “we will never use paper again” what happened??..

  • Niel T.
    09/08/2019 17:11

    There is a ban for beef imports from Brazil

  • Randy M.
    09/08/2019 15:58

    How bout lying about the fires

  • Aspasia H.
    09/08/2019 14:52

    Please get real already.. what ever people do to help will NOT help as long as there are politicians who deny climate change and remaking ignorant! I would say they have destroyed the environment in more ways than many would like to admit...! Brazil is a poor country with poor infrastructure! The land will be used for cultivation!

  • Natootooborayankatorotara T.
    09/08/2019 04:21

    https://www.facebook.com/681411578662574/posts/1588024874667902/?app=fbl

  • Mark C.
    09/08/2019 04:17

    What a loud of garbage, fire protection is the cause of forest destruction and is considered the only answer to forest management by conservationists. Controlled burning, fire breaks are the way of protecting the worlds forests. But this is not a consideration by conservationists. Without controlled burning the undergrowth carpets the forest floor in large quantities which intern increases the intensity of the fire, destroying the forest. rather than cleaning and fertilizing the forest floor.

  • Diane E.
    09/08/2019 02:56

    I'm allergic to milk & beef. At work - I set up recycling for all paper in the computer depts & tried to get people to use screens for information. Paper from bamboo or grasses would be next.

  • Rangovan V.
    09/07/2019 20:02

    I don’t eat meat since 2008, no soy for me too, veggies only, i drive once a week for all the duty i have to make. I drink only tap water to avoid plastic bottles. I use only biodegradable products and try to respect the best I can the environment, and I still work on my usual behavior 🤓

  • Jose R.
    09/07/2019 16:23

    🙏🏻🙏🏻🌏

  • Stefan A.
    09/07/2019 14:15

    Use less paper-close schools,simple😎

  • Steven F.
    09/07/2019 12:22

    Other then doing this... Y cant trees be grown every where... There are so many places wher trees can b planted

  • Lydia K.
    09/07/2019 12:11

    Or use helicopters with giant buckets of water and put the fire out ??