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@rainforesttrust Fires are a major issue for our rainforests and our planet. These fires are intensified by many factors, including the climate crisis and deforestation. Loss of habitat through illegal logging and development exacerbates the intensity and duration of these fires, helping to create situations like the one in the Brazilian Amazon today.⁠ .⁠ Wondering what you can do to help?⁠ .⁠ 1. Keep informed about the situation. Sites like Global Forest Watch Fires ( provide valuable information about the fires going on right now.⁠ .⁠ 2. Share your passion for the rainforest with your friends. Educate others about this issue and why it is so important.⁠ .⁠ 3. Try changing your daily habits to be more environmentally friendly. Purchasing environmentally-friendly products and reducing or reusing paper is a great way to start!.⁠ .⁠ 4. If you can, make your voice for the environment heard in your local and national elections.⁠ .⁠ 5. Support organizations like Rainforest Trust. While we can't help stop these particular fires, our work to prevent deforestation helps stop fires like this from happening again. .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠

@rainforestalliance The secret to stopping deforestation in Guatemala? Community. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🌳 In the first photo, community-managed forest concessions protect the beauty of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, provide habitat for wildlife like jaguar and scarlet macaw, and create thousands of sustainable jobs for local communities -- all while keeping the healthy forest standing strong.⁣⁣ ⁣ 🔥 Second photo: in a nearby region without community management, deforestation runs rampant as illegal logging, drug trafficking, foreign interests, and agricultural and livestock expansion all lead to the decimation of this natural treasure.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Join us to support the people of the Petén and Maya Biosphere Reserve in our mutual goal of building the health of forests and the communities that depend on them for many generations to come. ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 📸: @sergioizquierdophoto

@rainforestalliance: The lungs of the Earth are in flames. 🔥 The Brazilian Amazon—home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species—has been burning for more than two weeks straight. There have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year—a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil). Scientists and conservationists attribute the accelerating deforestation to President Jair Bolsonaro, who issued an open invitation to loggers and farmers to clear the land after taking office in January.⁣ ⁣ The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution. Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check. ⁣ ⁣ The Amazon needs more than our prayers. So what can YOU do?⁣ ⁣ ✔ As an emergency response, donate to frontline Amazon groups working to defend the forest. ⁣ ✔ Consider becoming a regular supporter of the Rainforest Alliance’s community forestry initiatives across the world’s most vulnerable tropical forests, including the Amazon; this approach is by far the most effective defense against deforestation and natural forest fires, but it requires deep, long-term collaboration between the communities and the public and private sectors. ✔ Stay on top of this story and keep sharing posts, tagging news agencies and influencers. ⁣ ✔ Be a conscious consumer, taking care to support companies committed to responsible supply chains.⁣ Eliminate or reduce consumption of beef; cattle ranching is one of the primary drivers of Amazon deforestation. ✔ When election time comes, VOTE for leaders who understand the urgency of our climate crisis and are willing to take bold action—including strong governance and forward-thinking policy.⁣ ⁣ 📸: @mohsinkazmitakespictures /

@IamNickRose: Terrifying to think that the Amazon is the largest rain forest on the planet, creating 20% of the earth’s oxygen, basically the lungs of the world, has been on fire and burning for the last 16 days running, with literally NO media coverage whatsoever! Why?

@motherjonesmag: Planting trees is good, but eliminating deforestation is better.⁠ ⁠ Every year, an estimated 15 billion trees are chopped down across the planet to make room for agricultural and urban lands and other uses. We’ve cut down so many that what’s left is about half of the number of trees that the Earth supported before the rise of human civilization, and scientists warn that it’s not helping our climate.⁠ ⁠ Planting more trees is one way to offset deforestation. But now, a report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds that to have a shot at combatting the climate crisis, we’ll need to cut down fewer trees.⁠ ⁠ Global deforestation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. As a Mother Jones reporter explains: "The way we eat, farm, and cut down forests contributes in a major way to the climate problem. Deforestation, agriculture, and other land use are already responsible for 23 percent of the rise in human-caused greenhouse gases, and agriculture is responsible for 44 percent of methane emissions."⁠ ⁠ “We cannot plant trees to get ourselves out of the problem that we’re in,” Pamela McElwee, a professor of human ecology at Rutgers University and an author on the report, said. “The trade-offs that would keep us below 1.5 degrees, we’re not talking about them. We’re not ready to confront them yet.”⁠ ⁠ Click the link in @motherjonesmag bio to read more.⁠ (📸: Amazing Aerial/Zuma)⁠

@cnn: Earth faced unprecedented heat in July, its hottest month on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.⁣ ▫️July's temperature across land and ocean surfaces worldwide was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average of 60.4.⁣ ▫️ It was the highest for July since records began in 1880, besting the record set in 2016 by 0.05 degrees.⁣ ▫️Sea ice set a record low for July, appearing 19.8% below average, beating the record of July 2012, according to an analysis by the National Snow and Ice Data Center using data from NOAA and NASA.⁣

Global warming in the Arctic doesn't only mean ice sheets melting. Here are 4 other unexpected and terrible consequences of the rise in temperature.

@ladzinski: Disgustingly unacceptable. I have no other words for this scene, an algae bloom on Lake Erie’s south western shore. The leading contributor of these blooms is excess phosphorus and nitrates from agricultural fertilizer that’s washed into streams as well as distributed via wind during winter months. Pollutants from industrial and pharmaceutical factories are also a link. High temperatures and still air create perfect conditions for algae to proliferate and accumulate at the surface. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo

@ajplus: "It's toxic to us.⁣" ⁣ ⁠ Plastic bags and toilet seats. Hundreds of discarded fishing nets. All of this was stuck to the seabed of Greece’s Andros island.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Volunteers collected over 660 lbs of plastic waste. But some say the microplastics leave an invisible imprint on the environment and even ourselves. They can be consumed by fish that then become a part of our diet.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠

@IPCC: IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land: Land is under growing human pressure. Land is a part of the solution. But land can't do it all.

@guardian: Ethiopians have planted about 350m trees in a single day as part of a national effort to tackle the climate crisis and deforestation. The aim is to grow 4bn new trees by getting every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings over the summer. Public offices reportedly closed to enable civil servants to take part in the initiative, which broke India's record of most trees planted in a day (50m). Ethiopia's forest coverage shrank from 35% in the 1900s to just 4% in the 2000s.

The more we learn to connect with and appreciate the natural world, the more we realize we need to protect it. , narrated by @lupitanyongo, premieres August 4 on @discovery.

@sealegacy: A young sea turtle drags a tangle of fishing nets and other debris through the open ocean off the coast of the Canary Islands. This is just one example of the danger that poses to the health of marine wildlife. Seabirds and whales are found dead with their bellies full of . Coastal communities the world over are suffocated by plastic waste that comes from far-off shores. And in America, the plastics industry intends to expand production at least 35% by 2025 - with no plan for preventing more from entering our ocean, or protecting frontline communities from toxic pollutants. Current regulations are decades old and we think it's well past time for @EPAgov to update them. Will you join us and stand up for our ocean, our communities and help ? Join us and start by signing the petition (link in our bio and in our stories) to make sure the knows you want new standards for protecting our . and join the 275+ organizations standing in support including @sealegacy @BlueSphereFoundation @lonelywhale 🎥 : @francisperez000 UPDATE: Hi everyone! Several of you asked what happened to this little sea turtle, and we are happy to be able to tell you that she was cut free soon after this video was taken. Thank you for your concern for her safety and well-being. 🐢🌊🙏

This , I stand with the world’s rangers, who are on the front line of conservation, bravely giving their all to protect planet Earth. Link in bio to learn more. @thingreenlinefoundation

THESE EYES. They belong to Save the Rhino Trust Namibia trackers and Rhino Rangers. They risk everything, everyday to protect the last free-roaming population of Black Rhinos left on earth. Today on , let’s show them we see them and help them do their job for rhinos, for us and for the future of this planet. Join me, @savetherhinonamibia, and @wildnetorg by sharing this picture and donating at and spread awareness using .

@guardian: The Arctic Circle is suffering from an unprecedented number of wildfires in the latest sign of a climate crisis. Huge blazes in Greenland, Siberia and Alaska are producing plumes of smoke that can be seen from space. The World Meteorological Organisation has said these fires emitted as much CO2 in a month as the whole of Sweden does in a year.

In Thailand's Huai Kha Khaeng (HKK) Wildlife Sanctuary, tigers are roaring back thanks to a major long-term effort by the government of Thailand, supported by @thewcs. As a result, tiger numbers in the sanctuary have risen dramatically, from 41 in 2010-11 to 66 today – a more than 60 percent increase. In addition, tigers moving beyond boundaries of the sanctuary are providing a foundation for a recovering population across the entire Western Forest Complex of Thailand, with benefits even spilling over across the border into the Taninthayi region of Myanmar.

@ashlukadraws: WE ARE MAUNA KEA. Standing in solidarity with protesters on Mauna Kea, protecting the Sacred ‘āina from scientific imperialism. It breaks my heart to see indigenous people and land continue to be dismissed by the state of Hawaii and its wealthy developers. Words from @kanielaing: “You don’t have to be Hawaiian to understand the dangerous precedent this sets. Mauna Kea impacts all of us. It’s an environmental struggle against wealthy developers who seek free reign. It’s a microcosm of what’s happening across Hawaii and the world: profiteers exploiting fragile places without regard for the future. We’re not concerned about how many passive dollars this will bring our economy. We are concerned about whether we will be able to breathe in 20 years, or be out of fresh water, or have any space left in our sacred places, or if the beaches we grew up in still be there. Some things are more important than a quick buck—like our planet’s and peoples’ survival. That would be $1.3 billion well spent. ” To support, visit / donate to Hawaii Community Bail Fund (link in highlights) ❤️ ———————- This image was drawn using stills from my friends at @standingabovetheclouds, a beautiful, powerful portrayal of the mothers and sisters at the forefront of the fight to protect sacred land on the Big Island.

@cnnclimate: Environmentalists have removed more than 40 tons of plastic from the Pacific Ocean. And while that might seem like a lot — equivalent in weight to about 24 cars — it barely made a dent. Members of the Ocean Voyages Institute said the cleanup mission was the "largest and most successful ocean cleanup to date" in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Located between California and Hawaii, it is the biggest concentration of floating debris in the world. The crew removed trash including detergent bottles, plastic furniture and children's toys, and also collected fishing gear called "ghost nets" — massive nets of nylon or polypropylene that drift and accumulate plastic debris. “What we’ve done out there is small compared to the magnitude of the problem, but it’s scalable and can be spread,” said the founder of the group. It's estimated that 1.15 to 2.41 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year. (📸: Ocean Voyages Institute)

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