- Category: Forest
- Charity: Amazon Watch
- Donation date: 23 April, 2021
- Charity URL: amazonwatch.org
Thank you @SafeEarthETH for your generous donation to protect the Amazon rainforest! Your gift will go towards defending those best positioned to permanently protect the Amazon: Indigenous defenders! #EarthDay— Amazon Watch (@amazonwatch) April 22, 2021
SafeEarth Donates $22,000 to Amazon Watch
The Amazon: A Global Treasure
Rainforests sustain us. They help regulate the global climate and are vital to maintaining the
earth's fragile balance. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest and most biodiverse tropical
rainforest, covering an area larger than the continental United States. It houses one-third of the
Earth's plant and animal species and produces one-fifth of all its flowing fresh water.
The Amazon rainforest is in crisis. It has been for some time. For nearly a quarter century, Amazon
Watch has sounded the alarm that the forest and its Indigenous inhabitants are at extreme risk, and
thus the future of our entire planet.
For years, the plight of the Amazon was not known or talked about on a global scale. But in August
of 2019, all of this changed. The world reacted to the news of the fires that swept across the
Amazon in a way it never had before. The world became aware and took action. Now, there is no
Nearly 400 distinct Indigenous peoples depend on the Amazon rainforest for their physical and
cultural survival. With global deforestation contributing 20–25 percent of all greenhouse gas
emissions, Amazon Watch and our Indigenous partners are providing a service to all humanity as we
together seek to defend the rainforest. Each of us can take action. We may be the last generation
that has a chance to protect this precious gem of our world's cultural and ecological heritage – an
irreplaceable source of life and inspiration.
Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the
rights of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We partner with Indigenous and environmental
organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the
Amazon's ecological systems.
We envision a world where the collective rights of Indigenous peoples and the rights of nature are
respected and where healthy forests, biodiversity, and the global climate are fully protected by
governments, corporations and civil society.
We strive for a movement of global solidarity rooted in interconnectedness and practices of
decolonization to respect the rights of Indigenous peoples and to permanently protect the Amazon
rainforest which is perilously close to a tipping point of ecological collapse. We believe that
Indigenous self-determination is a critical component of any successful conservation strategy for
the Amazon, and see that Indigenous knowledge, cultures and traditional practices contribute greatly
to sustainable and equitable stewardship of Mother Earth.
We seek solutions that will lead to the transformation of our economic, financial and political
governance systems to ones that are life-affirming and regenerative. We commit, in the spirit of
partnership and mutual respect, to support Indigenous, forest, and traditional peoples in their
efforts to protect life, land, and culture in accordance with their aspirations and needs, by
advocating for true solutions that respect the principles of climate justice.