Large swathes of the Amazon are burning, and have been for weeks. Some are pointing to Mr. Bolsonaro, the President of Brazil, as responsible after his relaxing of clear-cutting law. But what is indisputable is who is doing the cutting and burning: illegal loggers. Our project in partnership with the Rainforest Foundation US is focused precisely on stopping this illegal activity by spotting loggers with advanced imagery and surveillance, and intervening with authorities in Peru.
The Rainforest Foundation US recently released a statement on the fires in the Amazon. The main points have been condensed and highlighted in this project update.
The Amazon is becoming a tinderbox
- Years of drought are amplifying the danger of careless burning in the Amazon.
- More forest cut down means less rainfall in the region
- Amazon is approaching a tipping point, where lack of moisture will turn forest into savanna which has massive implications for the global climate.
Investing in indigenous communities
- Even in the best political environments, policies rarely address deforestation directly.
- The real solution comes from working with indigenous communities on the ground.
The project location in Peru is not burning, but is under threat—indigenous communities and the Rainforest Foundation US are on constant alert. Your support for this project on Wren is specifically funding the crew and technology implemented on the ground to prevent further deforestation of the Amazon.
📒 Read the full update from the Rainforest Foundation US.