Did you know that the Amazon Rainforest is known as the “lungs” of our earth? It is still burning, and this will cause a shift in our efforts to fight climate change. Since the Rainforest fires have been producing a ton of greenhouse gases, the earth will be more vulnerable to rises in temperature and global warming. Since trees absorb a portion of the pollution we emit into the earth, less will be absorbed now that the fires have rapidly been tearing through the Rainforest.
The fires were a big wake-up call to many people. At one point, Brazil was completely dark in the afternoon. This was caused by the amount of smoke emitted even though the fires were a long way away.
So, what can we do about it? Well, there are pretty easy things we can do to lessen our pollution. Driving less (or try to carpool with a friend if you need to travel), flying less, and eating less meat all contribute in a positive way. But there are so many other things we can do to help our earth in general and I will outline a list of eco-friendly swaps every person needs to do in this moment.
September 16, 2019 – Written by Shelbi Fisher