We have an audacious goal: STOP the Amazon Rainforest from further destruction. That is the simplest way to protect jaguars and countless other rainforest dwellers from extinction. (It will help humans prevent their own extinction too.)
Protecting the Amazon Rainforest
Every living being on earth needs forests to survive. The forests provide oxygen to breathe and fresh water to drink. Forests regulate the climate of the oceans and of the land and bring rainfall and winds. Without forests there is drought, and the temperature in the ocean and on land rises. Many species of plants, aquatics and animals are becoming extinct as the forests continue to shrink.
By protecting the forests we have, and reforesting the land where forests once stood, we can begin to restore the balance necessary for a healthy planet.
Twenty percent (20%) of the Amazon Rainforest has already been destroyed, with more being destroyed every day.
If we shift to a sustainable economy, individually and collectively, we can alter this destructive course before it’s too late. How?
What we buy.
What we eat.
What we wear.
What we plant.
What Hurts the Amazon
Cutting down hard woods (big, old trees) that become furniture & flooring
Cutting down soft woods (trees) that become paper
Cattle ranching to produce beef that is sold as fast-food hamburgers, steaks and processed meat
Farming genetically-engineered soy and corn (GE or GMO) that is sold as livestock feed for the meat industry
Mining gold legally and illegally in the rainforest
Oil exploration, drilling and pipelines used for industry and automobiles
Many products and foods from the Amazon rainforest are sold to countries around the world. Some of these products and foods are produced in a sustainable way, and purchasing them helps the rainforest and its people.
Rainforest Alliance (RA) has been working for 30 years to advance sustainable land-use and business practices. The companies that work in partnership with Rainforest Alliance have a green frog on their products. When you see this RA green frog (logo image), you can know the product is helping the rainforest, the animals, and the people who live there.
For You Live Longer Live Healthier Prevent or Reverse Heart Disease Keep Your Weight Down Build Strong Bones Reduce Risk of Food-borne Illnesses Have More Energy Avoid Toxic Chemicals
Environmental Reasons Avoid Excessive CO2 Production Reduce Methane/Nitrous Oxide Production Save Large Amounts of Fresh Water Prevent Further Pollution of Rivers and Oceans Reduce Destruction of Topsoil Reduce Use of Antibiotics, Growth Hormones and Chemicals
Protect Rainforests from Further Destruction Reduce Destruction of Wildlife Habitats Slow or Stop Species Extinction Reduce Ecological Footprint Solve World Hunger Put a Brake on Violence in the World
“Let there be Peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.” “For me, peace begins with my food choices each and every time I shop for food, prepare a meal, and say grace before eating. With the awesome abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and grains available, why would anyone choose to eat dead food? If you have pets or have spent time with animals, you know they are sentient beings who experience fear and pain. As long as animals are tortured and slaughtered unnecessarily, our human societies will suffer from violence and war. It’s the karmic reaction. I pray for the day when animals are no longer looked upon as food, and all people enjoy delicious, wholesome, plant-based meals that nurture their bodies, minds and spirits. That’s how we can move quickly towards peace on earth.” Kosa Ely
“Every meal becomes a prayer for a kinder and more just world.” Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary
“People who consume saturated, four-legged fat have a shorter life span and more disability at the end of their lives. Animal products clog your arteries, zap your energy and slow down your immune system. Meat eaters also experience accelerated cognitive and sexual dysfunction at a younger age.” Michael F. Roizen, MD, author of The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat