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I have learnt so much from this project, it's furthered my passion for human rights, the planet and Veganism!
Our natural world is simply perfect and incredibly amazing! And without it we as humans cannot survive - we need to wake up and save the forests that we depend on for our oxygen, water and food - life itself. 50% of our oxygen comes from the forests, the other 50% comes from the oceans. 75% of fresh water comes from forests. So if we SAVE THE TRIBES HOME - WE SAVE OURSELVES! Up to 137 plant, animal and insects species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction and 1-2 acres of forest are cleared every second! Which is shocking!! We created a map which would illustrate the 6 main causes to deforestation and tribal lands in the Amazon Rainforest.
6 main causes-
-Mining such as Gold, Iron and steel
-Agriculture such as soya and Sugar
-Cattle Ranchers (meat and Leather industry)
The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most biodiverse regions on the earth. It is home to a staggering 15% of the worlds known land-based plant species and nearly 10% of the worlds mammals, and has as many as 300 species of tree in a single hectare. The Amazon is home to about 220,000 people from 180 different indigenous nations who live deep in the rainforest. The rainforest provides these people with everything from food and shelter to tools and medicines, and plays a crucial role in the spiritual life of indigenous peoples. It also plays a vital role keeping the world’s climate stable.
Animal Agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction! World-wide, at least 50% of grain is fed to livestock and 80% of soya grown in the Amazon is fed to Livestock. We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 billion people!!! Which is mad as 82% of staving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western countries!! Companies such as Maggi, KFC and McDonald's are helping further the deforestation in the Amazon by growing and using soya for pot noodles, using soya to feed there chickens (KFC and McDonald’s chicken nuggets) and precious amazon land to graze their cattle. The KFC cardboard boxes come from a company which is involved in logging and illegal logging (double whammy!). You vote with your money so please think twice before supporting such environmentally and health wise destructive companies. Greenpeace research shows that not only is soya destroying the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, but soya farmers are guilty of further crimes including slavery and the invasion of indigenous peoples’ lands. Companies such as Nike, Timberland and adidas all get there leather from cows skin in the amazon as well, think before you buy!
‘By 2050, current trends in agricultural expansion will eliminate a total of 40% of Amazon Forest, including at least two-thirds of the forest cover of six major watersheds and 12 eco-regions.’ -Britaldo Silveira Soares-Filho, University of Minas Gerais.
Gold mining industry is involved with slavery, and toxic chemicals used in mining, especially mercury and cyaniade are now seeping into the rivers and groundwater polluting this once pristine wilderness! This is killing and polluting the creatures who live in the rivers (such as fish which is some tribes main source of food) and this leads on to causing pollution and dead zones in the ocean!
Hydroelectric Dams are being built which is causing dozens of species in the Amazon, including fish, birds and mammals to be put at risk. Even though it is seen as a 'green energy', it in fact causing pollution of the rivers, drought and flooding in some areas which in effect causes the Ph of the soil to change as well as soil erosion, landslides and serious geological damage. Fish habitats are shaped by physical factors such as water level, water velocity and shelter opportunities and access to food. Draining would be completely devastating to the fish. Beyond this, the amount of water may have different effects on the fish in a river, depending on the type and stage of the lifecycle. It is more of a ‘dirty energy’ than a ‘green energy’.
There is so much to say about this topic, I have done weeks of research on the amazon and feel I have only hit the tip of the iceberg- excited to continue this project and to learn more. Tribes in the amazon face the horrible challenge of their land being stolen from them everyday! Live ethically, live mindfully and go vegan for the planet!!