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Jeff Bezos: Use Your $10 Billion Earth Fund to Save the Amazon Rainforest NOW
$10 Billion can’t wean the world off fossil fuels, but it can prevent a “doomsday dieback” of the Amazon rainforest. In fact, restoring the Amazon could be the most significant action we can take on climate change today. The problem Deforestation is pushing the Amazon to a critical tipping point that could dramatically disrupt the global climate. In December, Carlos Nobre and Thomas Lovejoy wrote: “We are scientists who have been studying the Amazon and all its wondrous assets for many decades. Today, we stand exactly in a moment of destiny: The tipping point is here, it is now.” Passing that tipping point means “an irreversible shift to a hotter world.” Amazonia is already absorbing 30% less CO2 than it did 30 years ago. Rates of forest destruction have increased rapidly over the last two years. If deforestation continues, the rainforest could experience a dieback that would quickly release up to 140 billion tons of stored carbon. Jonathan Foley, executive director of Project Drawdown, says that losing the Amazon rainforest, “...would be absolutely catastrophic to the Earth’s carbon cycle, water cycle, climate, and biodiversity—not to mention the people who live there.” According to the New York Times, even Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon.com) is alarmed by the speed of the climate crisis: “Bezos said Earth’s climate was changing faster than predicted by the scientific community five years ago. ‘Those predictions were bad, but what is actually happening is dire,’ he said.” Our demand According to scientists Nobre and Lovejoy, “The peoples and leaders of the Amazon countries together have the power, the science, and the tools to avoid a continental-scale, indeed, a global environmental disaster.” An immediate, multi-billion dollar investment in restoring the Amazon rainforest would prevent a catastrophic release of carbon and loss of biodiversity, and create a model for preserving critical ecosystems around the planet. Many of us are Amazon.com customers, and we appreciate efforts like The Bezos Earth Fund and The Climate Pledge. However, the deforestation crisis in the Amazon basin is extremely urgent, and we want you to address it immediately. You chose the Amazon name, so we choose you to step up and commit to saving the Amazon rainforest NOW! Learn more at Amazon4Amazon.org.
#Amazon4Amazon: Boycott Amazon.com until they protect the Amazon rainforest
Climate scientists have long emphasized the vital role of the Amazon rainforest in absorbing CO2 emissions and hosting an incredible wealth of biodiversity. They warn that deforestation is pushing the Amazon to a tipping point that would disrupt both its ecosystem and the global climate, as rates of forest destruction have increased rapidly over the last two years. The Amazon rainforest, including the animals and indigenous people who depend on it, need a solution that ends deforestation NOW and can help reduce climate change. Enough money could preserve the rainforest, protect indigenous people, and provide viable alternatives for small farmers and ranchers. It just so happens that Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com have more than enough money to make preserving the Amazon forest a reality. If the sharp rise in deforestation in Brazil continues, the Amazon rainforest could be lost as early as 2021. The fires of 2019 are the result of increased land clearing and unsustainable practices by big agribusiness, encouraged by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. We could stop the burning of the Amazon tomorrow by paying Brazil far more to preserve the rainforest than it can hope to gain by destroying it. Jeff Bezos has accumulated over $111 Billion through his ownership of Amazon.com. His company made a net profit of $10 Billion just in 2018. Amazon.com and Bezos can spare some of their Billions to save the Amazon. (They’d probably never notice.) Why should we give them any more of our money, until we know that they are going to use it to help humanity deal with this urgent threat? They chose the Amazon name, so we choose them to step up. Pledge to Join the #Amazon4Amazon Boycott to Make Amazon.com save the Amazon! Learn more at Amazon4Amazon.org.