Right now the lungs of our planet, the Amazon Rainforest, is being set on fire and chopped down for profit.
Corporate monsters are burning the forest to the ground to make way for industrial agriculture. Shockingly, the Bolsonaro Brazilian Government is supporting this destruction by further relaxing deforestation laws.
If we don't act now, more precious habitats will be ruined and Indigenous Peoples could lose their homes.
Watch our short film Monster, a heartbreaking story of a jaguar whose home is being destroyed.
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Watch Monster In My Kitchen
Monster is an eye-opening short film about the devastating impacts of industrial meat production on the Amazon's habitat, wildlife, and communities.
Stand against deforestation of the Amazon and our world's precious forests.
What is Greenpeace doing about the burnings?
With the support of our donors, each year we conduct monitoring overflights of the Amazon region. This June 2021, we recorded thehighest number of fire hotspots in the Amazon rainforest since 2007 and found bleak images like the one shown here.
Our flyover in 2021 showed the aftermath of a massive wave of illegally lit fires in 2019. One year on, and the land has been completely stripped bare of all vegetation. Cattle graze on barren earth that was once flourishing forest, reminding us of the exploitive industries driving deforestation in the region.
Tackling destructive policies
Since the beginning of 2019, we have been pressuring the authorities and denouncing, through our communication channels and in the press, the progress of deforestation and the dismantling of Brazil’s environmental policy.
Why save the Amazon?
No matter where you live, the health of the Amazon rainforest affects your life. The forest works as a carbon sink, storing carbon dioxide, preventing it from being released into the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. Deforestation releases the carbon dioxide, fuelling climate change. Around the world, deforestation is responsible for ten to fifteen percent of greenhouse gas emissions. This is why protection of the Amazon is the backbone of our fight against climate change.
Deforestation in MATOPIBA led the way for soy plantations. This region is considered the jewel of Brazilian agribusiness. Following MATOPIBA as an example, development and deforestation in the region of Cerrado, one of the most threatened biomes in Brazil, is threatening the underground system of aquifers throughout South America.
From colorful butterflies to the largest snakes in the world, the Amazon rainforest is made up of a mosaic of ecosystems which have unmatched biological richness. Standing behind the guardians of the forest means not only protecting the beautiful jungle, but also all the animals that are already threatened - some being found nowhere else on Earth. Let's help these beautiful creatures by stopping deforestation.