It’s horrifying — in the past year, an area the size of 500,000 soccer fields has been destroyed in the Amazon! Nearly half a BILLION trees torn down and gone… forever.
This is how they do it: armed militia swarm into protected areas, and indigenous leaders who stand up to them are murdered. There’s even stories of planes dropping gasoline to start massive forest fires. And Brazil’s far-right President Bolsonaro is making it even worse by stripping the Amazon of its remaining protections!
Right now, Amazon champions in Brazil’s Congress are considering sweeping new protections for the precious rainforest. And indigenous groups are calling for international support to ramp up pressure to defend their home.
Let’s build a massive call of citizens from around the world to protect the forest — when it’s huge, allies will deliver our voices to Congress in each key moment to silence the chainsaws and stop this Amazon apocalypse!
Bolsonaro has praised forest killers, blocked money for key conservation programs and threatened to evict entire indigenous communities from their lands. And if we don’t stop it, it’s not just the forest we’ll lose. It could be everything. The Amazon breathes in and stores massive amounts of carbon — and without it, there’s no chance of stopping the climate crisis.
Members of the Brazilian Congress are about to introduce proposals that could bring illegal deforestation in Brazil to ZERO, and key indigenous leaders are calling on the world to support the defence of the forest. We can help them!
The Amazon needs us right now. Add your name, and share widely to end the Amazon apocalypse before it’s too late. Once enough of us sign, we’ll throw everything at saving the forest — demonstrating of huge public support, polling, hard-hitting ads, and pressure on key governments around the world to break their silence:
Just years ago, when Brazil wanted to put a chunk of the Amazon the size of Denmark up for sale, 1.9 million Avaazers worldwide stood up for it and WE WON! Now the threat is even bigger… So we need to fight harder, smarter and stronger than ever for the Amazon!
With hope and determination,
Diego, Bert, Laura, Andrew, Mel, Nana, Luis and the rest of the Avaaz team
‘Football pitch’ of Amazon forest lost every minute (BBC)
Brazil: huge rise in Amazon destruction under Bolsonaro, figures show (The Guardian)
Donors of Brazilian Amazon Fund should get their way (Rio Times)
Jair Bolsonaro launches an assault on Amazon rainforest protections (The Guardian)
Brazil’s Bolsonaro presses anti-indigenous agenda; resistance surges (Mongabay)