Mel, one of our Team Leads, shared this video about people working to protect the Amazon rain forest from oil drilling. “I saw this recently and couldn’t help but think about our company motto and how we are trying in our own way to make the world a better place one step at a time,” she says.
Forests like the Amazon are an important carbon sink—the trees take in and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Overall, tropical forests absorb about 20% of the Earth’s carbon emissions. The Brazilian government estimates that almost 19% of the Amazon (290,000 square miles, an area larger than Texas) has been cleared since 1988.
Cutting our use of fossil fuels, like we do when we commute less, is one way we can reduce demand and help contribute to a world with healthy ecosystems and an environment we can all live with. If you’re so inclined, sign the petition from Amazon Watch to help keep the Amazon and its people strong.
(Photo: Amazon Watch)