There are devastating fires happening in the Amazon Rainforest right now. Many of these fires have been started by farmers who want to encroach on the land that rightfully and largely belongs to Indigenous peoples. This is happening at a time when we are already teetering on the brink of global catastrophe due to the climate crisis (which is due to the destruction and ongoing harmful practices related to corporate agriculture, fossil fuels, and lax standards for sustainability and preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity).
Some started a hashtag today on Twitter to “pray for the Amazon”. Others immediately responded with a trending hashtag: #ActForTheAmazon. We must act. Prayers are not enough. Many are wondering why there is not an outpouring from billionaires to put the fires out, and establish greater protections for the Indigenous there, as well as the precious habitat and species that are unique to the Amazon — like there was when Notre Dame was on fire. Where are the billionaires now? This is a logical question that reveals the ugly mechanisms of systemic colonialism. To look at this further, here are some informed and responsible social media posts from the last couple days:
I share these posts, because they are coming from a place of informed integrity. They are also providing and encouraging action steps in the face of yet another devastating emergency that could leave people feeling depressed and helpless otherwise.
It is so important to keep in mind that we need to, as much as possible, provide action steps with posts that share emergency and dire situations, such as this. We cannot always do something directly, but there are many ways to effect ongoing change. We can do this through our political actions, choices, petitions, and voting. We can do this through the organizations we uphold and donate to. We can do this through our diets and daily choices, as I speak so often about here.
The Amazon is 20% of the world’s lung capacity right now, and so, this is real devastation when we are already being devastated by lack of action for environment, health, and future…when the US president is rolling back protections for endangered species, air, and water in every direction. More than that, we are losing species unique and precious to this planet due to the putrid greed and violence of industries that objectify and waste life. Not to mention the suffering of factory farmed animals fueling a lot of this greed. This is quite serious in a time of emergency upon emergency. So, please, take the following actions:
- Go to Rainforest Action Network. Donate, petition, sign up. Whatever you can do. And then share.
- Go to Amazon Watch. Donate, petition, sign up. Whatever you can do. And then share.
- Go to Rainforest Foundation. Donate, petition, sign up. Whatever you can do. And then share.
- Divest from agriculture, logging, and cattle ranching that is participating in destruction and genocide.
- Support Indigenous peoples around the world via social media, via organizations, and political action.
- See my Resources page for more links to organizations and groups working to protect environment, animals, and people.
If you have other action steps and ideas, and important information not mentioned here, please comment. I am still learning about all the dynamics of this situation, and am doing my best to share accurate and timely information. I appreciate your understanding, and your willingness to learn and do more. Thank you!