This Earth Day Matters More – How you can prepare for it
April 19, 2021
1) Know What’s at Stake
- As an ecosystem, the Amazon is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. Over 3 million species live in the rainforest, and over 2,500 tree species (or 1/3 of all tropical trees that exist on earth) help create and maintain this vibrant ecosystem. More and more, biodiversity is at risk.
- There’s a reason why the rainforest is so essential: 70% of South America’s GDP is produced in areas that receive rainfall or water from the Amazon. The Amazon influences rainfall patterns as far away as the United States.
- COVID-19 and the global pandemic had a devastating effect on the local and regional economies, and on Amazonian nations’ ability to defend protected areas and indigenous lands. Now is the time to help the region build a more sustainable future.
2) What We’re Doing
- We track deforestation in the Amazon in real-time. Recently, we reported that the Amazon lost nearly 2.3 million hectares (5.6 million acres) of primary forest loss in 2020 across the nine countries it spans. This represents a 17% increase in Amazon primary forest loss from last year. See how we do this in the Washington Post.
- We’re creating conservation areas that protect key spaces and genetic diversity, creating a mosaic of interconnected landscapes. Learn more about our latest conservation area.
- We’re advancing scientific research on the ground, opening a new laboratory at our Los Amigos Biological Station that studies and monitors biodiversity in the region. The knowledge gained from this research will help us better protect these areas.
- Support real work on the ground
- Send an Earth Day E-Card (the cost of the card, which is entirely up to you, will be donated to support our work)
- Connect with us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin)