The Amazon rainforest is being ravaged by a devastating forest fire that has been going on for many days now. Besides the obvious environmental concerns for the entire planet, our hearts go out to the wildlife, indigenous communities, our partners, and friends that the fires are impacting. We reached out to our partners in Brazil and Peru to see how travelers can help and here are four things that they suggest you can do to make a difference:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. Visit the Amazon & Travel Responsibly
Experiencing the Amazon firsthand is the best way to learn about and protect it. Work with responsible companies and tour operators when traveling to the Amazon and be a responsible traveler. Research, learn, and participate in the practices and activities of tour operators that promote the protection of the forest and local communities through science and conservation.
Give to trustworthy NGOs such as:
3. Reduce Your Footprint
Brazil is the largest producer and exporter of beef in the world and one of the top paper producers, which leads to deforestation and fires in the Amazon. Reduce your consumption of meat from the Amazon rainforest (usually sold through fast-food) and buy only responsibly sourced wood and paper products.
4. Support Indigenous Cultures
Remember that the Amazon is home to more than 240 thousand Indians. They're always fighting for land rights and they're the best guardians of the rainforest. They need your support! (See NGOs above)
Brazil & Peru Director: Laura Cahill
Colombia Director: Grettel Calderon