This story is the best of April!
Brazil's president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (commonly known as Lula) ran on a campaign promise to end Amazon rainforest deforestation. A very ambitious promise, that he's been dedicated to keep.
The data is in for this month, and deforestation has dropped an impressive 68% compared to last April. Through a series of indigenous land recognitions, monetary incentives, task forces, and determination, it appears that Brazil's section of the Amazon is trending in the right direction.
This story means that there is hope for the survival of the rainforest home to the world's greatest biodiversity.
The main causes of deforestation are illegal agriculture, logging, and mining.
Thus, you can adjust your consumption to reduce the need for these practices, effectively helping the rainforests stay intact.
- Eat less meat
- Avoid palm oil
- Swap out virgin paper for recycled alternatives
- Ensure your jewelry comes from ethical sources