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The burning Amazon forest is not just fuelled by Bolsonaro – it’s all of us


The burning Amazon forest is not just fuelled by Bolsonaro – it’s all of us

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Hello. I know the Amazon forest is burning and the glaciers in Iceland are melting. I know how you feel hopeless and fearful for the future, and at the same time, angry with our world leaders. I know from the Facebook posts and Instagram stories you share, that you care and you’re scared. But before you click that post button, I want you ask yourself: “Am I really doing my best to help?”

Before you type in #PrayForAmazon, is there something you could Do For Amazon? The rainforest isn’t just burning because some evil men like Bolsonaro (and Trump) think it’d be a great idea to burn down an entire ecosystem to piss off the world. They do it for the money. And we drive that money.

Agribusiness and deforestation is one of the main reasons this forest is dying. These fires are being fuelled by an industry pushed to over-harvest by our needy demands as consumers who are hungry for beef steaks, and as ordinary people who use toilet paper. We are just as much part of the underlying problem, the driving factor, the motivating stakeholder.

Before you complain about the shameless greed of politicians and corporate giants, think about what motivates their environmentally-damaging decisions. Are you on a plant-based diet, or are you one of those people who think bacon is “too good” to give up? The only people who should be allowed to complain about anything are babies, because they are literally incapable of making any decisions about what they choose to consume. In fact, they’re not even capable of complaining, they just cry because that’s literally all they can do.

But if you’re reading this right now, you know you’re not a baby. You’re also probably not a victim of poverty and starvation, living in a war-torn zone or a broken home, lucky to have whatever’s there (and if you are, I am sorry). You, my friend, probably have the luxury of buying a cup of coffee from Starbucks and watching some movies from your MacBook. You probably had that free time to scroll through your Twitter feed and repost a picture of a starving polar bear. So I want you to ask yourself again: “Am I really doing my best to help?”

When you blame presidents and environmental ministers for their lack of commitment in lowering carbon emissions, are there ways you could be making it easier for them to do so? Are you driving less and taking public transportation, going on less flights and taking more trains, to help them shift to an economy less dependent on fossil fuels? Are you carrying a reusable water bottle and using less plastic, to help reduce petroleum extraction (used to make plastic) and prevent ocean waste? Are you shopping local, to help them avoid overseas logistics and transportation (again, reducing fossil fuel consumption)? Are you buying less sneakers and reusing more clothes, to cut back the latest trends that drive unsustainable fast fashion and unethical labour? Are you switching off the lights when you leave the room, or turning down the faucet for just the amount of water you need? Are you supporting small businesses instead of conglomerate brands, to help build a sustainable supply chain of consumer goods and services? Are you donating to non-profits and promoting social enterprises that research and implement environmentally-friendly materials and production? Are you planting any trees or growing a vegetable garden, building a compost or installing solar panels?


Source: Expat Life Thailand

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