5 Things You Can Do to Help the Amazon Rainforest Right Now

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

You don’t have to donate millions like Leo, and you don’t have to feel powerless watching the rainforest burn. Here are five things you can do to help the Amazon right now:

  1. Fight fire with fire. Grill a Beyond Burger for dinner tonight.

Ranchers set fires in the Amazon rainforest to graze cows and grow soybeans and other crops to feed them. According to the World Bank, cattle ranching has fueled up to 91% of all deforestation since 1970. Raising animals for meat damages the planet more than almost anything else we do. But every vegan meal you eat helps.

  1. Make sure your next bag, wallet, or pair of shoes is made of vegan leather.

As reported by The Guardian, an in-depth report, “Slaughtering the Amazon,” found that “the demand for leather was fuelling the destruction of the Amazon in its own right, not just accidentally as a by-product of beef.” Because of the high markup on leather and the low profit margin of meat, a cow’s skin brings in the most money from her slaughter, meaning that leather is also funding deforestation.

  1. Watch the film that even some environmental organizations don’t want you to see: Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.

And arm yourself with these stats from the film for your next discussion about the Amazon.

  1. Sample a dairy-free milk, cheese, yogurt, or ice cream.

The dairy industry is also a huge contributor to deforestation, overuse of resources, and climate change. Every time you choose dairy-free, you help make a difference. PETA has put together a list of some of our favorite products.

  1. Order a free vegan starter kit for you and a friend. YOU can make a difference.

If you’re one of the many people who’s been inspired to go vegan to save the Amazon, PETA can help you make the transition:

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind