After years of unprecedented destruction, there’s finally a reason to hope that we can save the Amazon.
Brazil just kicked its Amazon-killing President out of office, electing a new President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who vowed to save the precious forest.
We don’t have much time.
Nearly one-fifth of the Amazon is now gone. Scientists warn that if that number reaches 20-25%, we’ll pass the point of no return and the entire ecosystem could dry out. Not only would the lives of millions of people and species hang in balance, but climate change would accelerate – putting every single one of us at risk.
To reverse course, President Lula needs to quickly pass laws to safeguard the forest. But in the meantime, Indigenous communities who have long acted as its guardians need to be able to ramp up their work, patrolling and protecting huge swaths of land. And when they find illegal logging and mining, they’ll need the technology to quickly alert authorities and stop the land grabs.
This is our best shot at finally saving the Amazon. If enough of us chip in, we can quickly get these guardians the funds they need to work alongside Brazil’s new President to protect their home – are you in?