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How to help the Amazon

These preventative steps will safeguard the future of our precious rainforest

It’s hard not to be overwhelmed – the Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and a key ally in fighting climate change – and right now, it needs our help more than ever before. Here are some ways that you can make a difference, both now and forever.

Go vegan

Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91 per cent of the Amazon’s destruction (rainforestfoundation.org) – this is because the land and trees are cut down for cattle pasture. “The Amazon is being burnt to create low-price cattle grazing – at such an incomprehensibly enormous cost,” explains Jim Richards, CEO of non-dairy milk brand, Milkadamia (milkadamia.com). “Plant-based diets encourage the cycle of planting and growing of plants which return carbon back into the soil. Demanding regeneratively grown produce supports the biomass that creates new topsoil. Raising animals for food pollutes and degrades soil, and is the least efficient use of land and water.” Plus, one year of being vegan saves 7,300lbs of CO2 and 10,950sq.ft of forest – there really has never been a better time to be plant-based.

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Hello, If you’d asked me earlier this year what images the Amazon rainforest conjured up in my mind, it would be densely packed, lush green trees, brightly coloured macaws and chatty toucans living alongside speedy squirrel monkeys and majestic jaguars. Perhaps naively, I assumed that the world’s largest rainforest was a constant – a protected part of our natural landscape, somewhere we can all close our eyes and see images of, like the Alps or the river Nile. But, over the last few months, this idyllic picture of the Amazon has been destroyed, replaced with haunting and horrifying images of blazing fires and ominous plumes of smoke. Often described as the lungs of the planet, the Amazon now looks like it’s starting to choke. The anthropogenic impact we have had on some of the most vital natural resources on the planet is really starting to show. The notion of constants is changing, too – our glaciers are melting, our rainforests are being destroyed, our rivers are polluted and our coastlines eroded – the landscape of our planet as we know it looks set to continue to transform and degrade. As bleak a future as I’m describing, it’s not all doom and gloom and there are many things we can do to help. We want the future generations to close their eyes and picture the toucans, not the burning embers of what was once the greatest rainforest on Earth. We need to act, and we need to do it now. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor