The vast Amazon rainforest extends over more than 5.5 million square kilometres and contains half of the world’s remaining tropical forests. The region is one of the most biodiverse on earth, accounting for more than 10% of the world’s known species of flora and fauna, 40,000 plant species, 3,000 freshwater species, and over 370 kinds of reptiles. Unique and threatened species such as jaguars, harpy eagles, and pink river dolphins also call the Amazon home.
As the largest contiguous forest on earth, the Amazon is a valuable carbon sink that helps to regulate climate change. However, the continuous abuse and integration of Amazon into the global economy have posed great threats to its ecosystem.
Since the 1970s, more than 1.7 million hectares of forest have been cleared due to large-scale deforestation, forest degradation, logging, and forest fires. Conversion for cattle grazing and industrial agricultural production are a few of the many drivers of deforestation in the Amazon. Mining, dams, urban expansion, and timber plantations are also causing major forest loss.
The Amazon contains as much as 140 billion metric tonnes of sequestered carbon, but deforestation and development cause 0.5 billion metric tonnes of greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere each year.
Your contribution will help us make meaningful change to protect the Amazon and its incredible biodiversity by planting thousands of trees in areas that have been cleared.
As a major carbon sink, the Amazon rainforest is critical to regulating global temperature and humidity. With the amount of carbon stored in these forests, climate change will rapidly accelerate if the Amazon is not protected.
With every dollar you spend, you contribute to a cause that helps in making sure that Amazon retains its rich and vast ecosystem. With your contribution, we will work together with local authorities and groups to organize tree-planting drives in the most threatened regions of the Amazon. We will make sure that these projects will make up for the steady rise of deforestation, especially in Brazil, through seedling nurseries and planting saplings.