The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world. Not only is it home to millions of plants and animals, it is also a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming. It also produces more than 20% of the oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere.
Over the past two weeks, large swathes of the Amazon rainforest have been burning at an unprecedented rate. The blazes are so huge that smoke has reached cities as distant as São Paulo and can be seen from space.
Environmentalists strongly believe that deforestation and mismanaged forest clearing are the driving forces behind these fires rather than a lack of rain. If wildfires are allowed to continue on this scale, much of the Amazon could be lost within decades, resulting in massive extinctions, accelerated climate change, and increased desertification.
With this crowdfunding campaign, I hope to raise money to support the Rainforest Trust, a charitable organisation that purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests. I’ve set a modest goal of $1000 but obviously the more we can raise, the better.
Please donate whatever you can afford to enable them to continue their important work! Thank you!