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The Rainforests are Burning
Fires, under normal circumstances, are natural occurrences and play an important role in the health of rainforests and other ecosystems. The scale and severity of the fires that are currently burning in Brazil, and elsewhere— including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Angola, Peru and Bolivia — is alarming. Fueled by an ever-warming climate and the relentless clearing of forests, and often driven by politics, misinformation or the pursuit of short-term economic gain, these tragic blazes call all of us to action.
Rainforest Trust protects critical rainforest habitat. We work with local conservation partners to identify important habitats and safeguard them by establishing legally designated protected areas, through purchase or designation.
This work to officially protect habitat prevents deforestation and other forms of forest clearing that are known to cause the devastating fires. Since 1988 Rainforest Trust has had a hand in protecting more than 23,000,000 acres, but there is much, much more to do.
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Learn more about the fires at Global Forest Watch Fires.
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Read a statement from Rainforest Trust Acting CEO, Mark Gruin
The Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, is ablaze. Tens of thousands of fires are raging across Brazil at a record rate, before the dry season even begins. The scale and severity of the fires that are currently burning in Brazil, and elsewhere — including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Angola, Peru and Bolivia — is frightening. Fueled by an increasingly unstable climate and the relentless clearing of forests, this devastation is often driven by politics, misinformation or the pursuit of short-term economic gain. These tragic blazes call all of us to action.
Rainforest Trust knows these forests, and the indigenous and local communities that rely on them. We know the science and understand the sobering reality that the world is rapidly approaching an irreversible tipping point. Forests must be protected — for biodiversity, for nature-dependent ecosystem services like clean water and healthy soils, and for our climate.
For more than 30 years, Rainforest Trust has been identifying important habitat in dire need of protection. Through outright purchase, titling and designation, we establish protected areas that significantly reduce fires like these. The world’s attention can be short, but ours never wavers.
None of us can do it all, but each of us can do our part. At Rainforest Trust, we save rainforest, and that protects biodiversity and stores carbon. Speak out. Educate your friends. Vote in your local and national elections. Continue to support our work.
What we do today — all of us — determines the kind of world we will have tomorrow.
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- Rainforests produce between 20-30% of the world’s oxygen.
- 70% of the known cancer fighting plants exist only in the rainforest.
- The majority of the world’s plants and animals are found in rainforests.
- Deforestation releases as much carbon as the entire global transportation sector each year.
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