Statement from Jana Bell, President, Amazon Rainforest Conservancy, in relation to the current fires and destruction in the Amazon rainforest. Jana may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
All of us who volunteer with the Amazon Rainforest Conservancy — a Canada-based registered charity — are appalled by the unfolding catastrophe in Brazil as unsustainable "slash and burn" farming practices (combined with a drought) have led to fires so vast the smoke has blotted out the sun recently in cities there.
We cannot locate an organization for people to support that might help control these fires, but in any case Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro might not allow an intervention as these fires are the direct result of his government's policies, which have opened up the rainforest for commercial exploitation and are rolling back decades of conservation work and progress.
The lands currently protected by the Amazon Rainforest Conservancy are in Peru, near the border with Brazil and Bolivia, and are therefore away from the current network of deliberately-set fires. However, we're keeping a close eye on the situation and if any such fires reach our protected forest, we will fight them and wopld replant. These sad events only strengthen our resolve to save even more of the Amazon rainforest.
ARC currently cares for just over 1,400 hectares (about 3,500 aces) of pristine forest and is raising funds to expand this land-holding. We’ve spoken with three direct neighbours who are willing to sell their land to ARC. (See map below of our proposed expansion.) We may not be able to directly stop these fires but we can increase the land in our care and ensure slash-and-burn farming doesn't occur in our corner of the Amazon. ARC welcomes donations for which it can offer receipts to Canadians. Please donate today. Your help is urgently needed to aid conservation efforts in the Amazon rainforest.
Plus, watch Amazon Rainforest Conservancy on CBC The National here.