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Offsetting The Amazon Fires

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With the recent events of the Amazon burning at record rates, I want to attempt to offset this slightly by funding a tree planting programme to help slow the deforestation process. The goal is £500 but any amount will help the cause.

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I feel it's very important to neutralize our own individual carbon footprint in any way possible. Tree planting projects are a great way to help offset global warming but also save habitats and animal species from going extinct.

The Amazon forest is burning up at an alarming rate. Satellite images published by NASA show devastating fires in the Amazon between the borders of Paraguay and Brazil.

The images come only a week after the director of Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (INPE) was dismissed by Jair Bolsonaro’s government in the midst of a controversy over its satellite data.

The images showed a rise in Amazon deforestation, which the far-right government vehemently denied and dismissed as “lies”.

Data published by INPE and other environmental organizations shows that the Amazon is indeed burning at an alarming rate in Brazil.

This year, 72,843 fires have been detected, which is an increase of 83% for the same period in 2018. It’s the highest number of fires since the INPE started recording them in 2013.

Scientists consider the Amazon Forest to be the lungs of the world. It pulls carbon dioxide out of the air and stores it beneath the soil, which is why protecting it is vital to preventing climate breakdown.

With three million species of plants and animals, the Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and home to a million people.



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