Over the weekend, the whole world was made aware of the fires in the Amazon, on both sides of the border between Brazil and Bolivia. These fires had been burning for over 15 days before the media reported it – but, why?
Brazil has one of the biggest meat markets in the world but to breed cattle, you need vast areas where cows and calves can pasture. And the Amazon rainforest is an obstacle.
Getting rid of it will give space to those farmers who need it for their animals.
Getting rid of it endangers life on earth as we know it. The lungs of the world are burning, and we are watching it happen before our own eyes.
Now, more than ever, it is time to take action.
Bolivia and Brazil need financial help to fight against the fire. You can make donations on different websites; however, not everyone can afford to donate money.
What can you do?
- There are a few things we can all do.
- Reducing our meat intake is crucial! Remember, the reason for these fires is to make room for more cattle. Beef is a very expensive business, financially and environmentally. By reducing our meat consumption, we are reducing our carbon footprint.
- Choose alternatives to plastic and say no to single-use plastic.
- Don’t drive everywhere. Walk, or cycle, or even run!
- Use water resources better: close the tap while you’re brushing your teeth or doing your washing up.
- Do you need new clothes every month? We all like going shopping but producing all these clothes also has an impact on the environment. Think before you buy!
- Plant a tree! The Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is calling for action. He proposed September 7th as the perfect day to plant a tree. It is Brazil’s independence day, but he chose September because of its etymology: it carries the root “se-“ for “seed”
At EC Oxford, we are doing our best to help the environment. Most of our teachers and staff are either vegetarian or vegan; we walk to school and use our bikes; we shop at the local market to avoid those plastic wrappings; we encourage our students to recycle and we’re planning to go plastic-free by 2020. We are also encouraging our teachers to go paper-free once a month!
It is in our hands. We all have the chance to fight against climate change. It is now or never.
How are you going to help?