End Destructive Deforestation of the Amazon by Cultivating Forests

Target: Ricardo Salles, Minister for Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment

Goal: Invest in agroforestry and other sustainable farming techniques that combat deforestation, habitat loss, and health dangers.

Every year, broad swaths of the Amazon forest—often nicknamed the “lungs of the world”—are slashed and burned to make room for farming. The consequences are devastating, from disrupted ecosystems to rising levels of air pollutants to heightened risks of deadly viruses being unleashed into human populations. Dedicated advocates in Brazil want to change this dangerous narrative by bringing farming to the forest.

Agroforestry, championed by organizations within Brazil like the Experimental Active Forest Centre, teaches local populations sustainable farming techniques that seek to preserve and replenish forests rather than clearing them out. Efforts can involve planting seeds of native Amazon trees in dry areas where they may eventually thrive with a little knowledgeable nurturing. Rather than viewing these vital forests as a barrier to be vanquished, agroforestry emphasizes utilizing farming practices hand-in-hand with the forest. Unfortunately, advocates for sustainable farming often face fierce resistance, and even baseless accusations of fire-setting, from the national government.

Sign the petition below to urge investment in agricultural innovations that have the potential to change the world for the better.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Salles,

South America has one of the world’s most valuable natural resources: the Amazon rainforests. Yet these essential resources continue to be decimated for short-term gain at an insurmountable long-term expense. Brazil’s continued disregard for this gift is akin to setting fire to a life-saving respirator.

Farming is vital for this country, but you do not have to kill one essential piece of the national fabric to bolster another. Agroforestry and sustainable farming should not be met with hostility and dismissiveness. Rather, you must embrace these tools that can provide agriculture the evolution it needs to survive. Farming and the forest can coexist, and more importantly, each can help the other grow.

Please invest in agroforestry and make a bet on the future of this country and this planet.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sam Beebe




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