How we may be *unintentionally* supporting rainforest destruction🍖🌴🪓
Hello all :))
Firstly, sorry for the radio silence during the last two weeks.
I have been away for the first time in a long time and very much appreciated the experience.
Now that I’m back – let’s talk about how we may be (unintentionally - hopefully) supporting rainforest destruction.
Most people know about the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest. It is not new information.
🪓It is worse than ever and the rainforest is currently emitting more CO2 than it is capturing since cutting down trees releases the captured carbon humanity has managed to turn this ecosystem „against ourselves“.
🪓One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second.
🪓Experts estimate that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation.
🪓More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.
One-fifth of the world's fresh water is in the Amazon Basin.
🪓Experts agree that by leaving the rainforests intact and harvesting it's many nuts, fruits, oil-producing plants, and medicinal plants, the rainforest has more economic value than if they were cut down to make grazing land for cattle or for timber.
🪓The entire Amazon could be gone within fifty years (and then what?)
🪓Fewer rainforests mean less rain, less oxygen for us to breathe, and an increased threat from global warming.
Luckily there are many great organizations that you can support to help them continue to stand up against the destruction, corruption, poisoning and exploitation of indigenous communities and land. To name a few: Instagram @rainforestalliance www: (https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/) Instagram @amazonwatch www: (https://amazonwatch.org/) Instagram @amazonfrontlines www: (https://www.amazonfrontlines.org/) Instagram @rainforestus www: (https://rainforestfoundation.org/)
Now - in our everyday life (hopefully) without knowing we might be contributing to this destruction. 💚Here‘s what you should know/can do to take control in your own home and avoid consuming and supporting things/brands that drive rainforest destruction: 💯 beef, soybean (mainly that which is fed to animals as cheap feed, look at labels when buying soy products), and palm oil are main drivers of deforestation ➡️stop consuming or limit consumption of meat and animal products and avoid buying processed foods with palm oil on ingredient list 💯 buy recycled/secondhand gold and other recycled metals for jewelry since mining is a huge contributor 💯 Avoid products made from tropical hardwoods, like guitars and furniture (secondhand is best, you can find great options on online secondhand/vintage furniture stores and Ebay for example!). 💯Use paper products made from recycled pulp (100% recycled, printer, tissue and toilet paper!) also services like @whogivesacraptp www: (https://eu.whogivesacrap.org/) @agoodcom www: (https://agood.com/products/a-good-toilet-paper)
and many more ➡ are some examples where to get these paper products 💯NEVER EVER buy food at fast food chains! They more often than not contribute to that destruction and pollution immensely to provide cheap meat and other animal products - IT IS NOT WORTH A TASTY BURGER to loose one of the biggest lungs🌳🌲 of our planet!!
Most supermarkets and fast food chains that sell beef will be getting their products from suppliers that are driving the destruction since these products are the cheapest.
Some brands/companies that drive rainforest deforestation:
Marks & Spencer
different companies that process and sell gold, silver, diamonds,...
and not forgetting banks and people who invest in these ventures and companies, but that's a story for another day
to be continued:)) Thanks for being open and educating yourself✨🙌🏼
See ya next blog👋🏼