Along Brazil’s agricultural frontier, in the states of Pará and Amazonas, fires have been burning, one after another, for the past ten days. Although natural fires are somewhat expected in the dry season, these blazes are widely recognized as the result of a recent call by farmers for a “day of fire” in order to clear the land.  Sadly, these practices result in both the devastating loss of precious Amazonian rainforest and the release of massive amounts of CO2 into the air. Not to speak about the loss faced by the indigenous and local people living there and the loss of the teeming life in the forest.

In such times, it is important to take time to acknowledge the loss we feel and strengthen our resolve to continue undeterred. At Rainforest Partnership, it has been our work to protect our rainforests for the past 12 years working directly with rainforest communities to create sustainable livelihoods that allow them to protect their forests.

As Rainforest Partnership, we have been privileged to do this important and critical work. It has been challenging to watch what has been happening in the Brazilian Amazon. Yet every day we work we find ways to focus on the positive and our work in Ecuador and Peru to protect the western Amazon and empower the indigenous and local people we work with.

Write to us with your thoughts and ideas, share what is happening and urge people you know to join you in taking action.

Learn why this matters to each one of us, no matter where we live (see links below).

  1. Watch this PBS short  film about the Amazon as the lung and the heart of our planet: https://www.pbs.org/video/the-largest-river-on-earth-is-in-the-sky-ayxiyl/
  2. https://earther.gizmodo.com/smoke-has-blotted-out-the-sun-in-sao-paulo-as-the-amazo-1837413488
  3. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-environment-wildfires/amazon-burning-brazil-reports-record-forest-fires-idUSKCN1VA1UK

Notes: The numbers of Amazon fires have reached a staggering total of 72,843 so far this year, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.

That total is up 83% from the same period last year. The fire totals are the highest since 2013.

 

The National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the space agency of Brazil

 

 Concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, August 21, 2019. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)