Upset about Amazon wildfires? There's something you can do

Over the past week, the world has watched with concern as flames lick at the lush forests of the Amazon and the smoke wafts across parts of South America.

As of Wednesday, there were roughly 179,000 fires burning across the continent, with the vast majority in the Amazon rainforest, a region rich in biodiversity and ecosystems that is shared by eight countries.
Most eyes, however, are on Brazil and its president, Jair Bolsonaro. Elected to office last year, Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for his policies and actions in the Amazon. The country's space research centre said the number of fires was 80 per cent higher this June compared to last June. Enforcement of environmental laws, including those pertaining to the Amazon, has also decreased by roughly 20 per cent.......... 

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I'm not just upset; I'm damned near terrified out of my wits.  It's tragic – poor people, clearing rainforest growth so that they can raise their own crops or graze their cattle, not realizing that they're committing slow-motion genocide.  They're cutting off their noses to spite their faces and they haven't the vision to see it.

Worse, we won't be the ones that suffer the worst.  Our kids and grandkids ... they may hurt from our lack of understanding like no one has in human history ... what there may be left of it.

I don't have much hope for the grandkids, & we now have a gr. grandson.

As I often say to Ruth, I'm "liking" not the facts but your reporting and sharing!

The "something you can do" in the article turns out to be buying products certified as sustainable.

Brazil "is a commodity-driven government," said Christian Poirier, program director at Amazon Watch, a non-profit organization that aims to protect the rainforest. "Therefore, the international community needs to play a much more influential role in the coming years."

This can take many forms.Since economic growth is front and centre for Bolsonaro, countries can demand better action [...]

But  individuals can also make a difference. Much of the rainforest has been cut down to make way for agricultural activity, such as beef, soy and palm oil production. A great deal of those products are exported.

"The good news is, not only do we have a responsibility … but we also have some power" [...] said Kai Chan, a professor at the University of British Columbia's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. 

"Something substantial" that consumers can do, he said, is to buy products that are certified to be sustainable.

You can double-check this by looking at the packaging [...] RSPO stands for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, a not-for-profit organization [...] Another group, Rainforest Alliance, certifies products are made sustainably by ensuring they meet responsibility standards in three areas [...]

People can also urge retailers to sell those products, and perhaps sell them exclusively, Chan said. It's an example of how consumer demand at this end can have a positive effect where the items are produced.

(Ellipses and bolding mine)

I've seen mention that Brazil's rain forests are the source of about 20% of the world's oxygen.

Has anyone seen mention of how much oxygen the world can lose before its 7.3 or so billion people have too little to breathe?

It is greed plain and simple. I saw a post where a native woman living in the Amazon claimed men came into there village and burned it all down. This is some pretty dangerous stuff.




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