The world's most important agent to mitigate climate change is in dange
The Amazon is the tropical forest that holds the most carbon (CO2) in the world, since its ancient trees store 10% of the world's carbon. Its existence is indispensable since this humid jungle cools the planet and regulates its temperature, in turn releasing the highest% of oxygen in forests. In addition to that, 17% to 20% of the world's fresh water runs through its rivers. Its 6.7km2 of forests have the greatest amount of biodiversity on earth, with 40,000 species of plants, and 2,200 species of amphibians registered since 1999. There are 34 million inhabitants, belonging to 350 indigenous groups that day by day live harmoniously with nature, and today they fight for their home to be protected.
OUR AMAZON IS INDISPENSABLE TO THE WORLD AND TOGETHER WE HAVE TO PROTECT IT.
The Amazon comprises a large territory of South America: Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Guyana and Suriname. The part integrated in Colombia, is formed by 6 departments: Amazonas, Guaviare, Caquetá, Putumayo, Guainía and Vaupés. A large area that represents 40% of the Colombian territory. In this territory poverty is extreme, wealth is exploited indiscriminately for the benefit of people who do not live there and who have not only left their inhabitants forgotten, but have damaged the ecological altar of the planet: The Amazon.
Indiscriminate logging and mining are just some of the serious problems. The indigenous people who have lived there for centuries have seen their natural livelihoods reduced: the plants that served as sustenance are no longer enough, wildlife has been declining at important scales, and fish and other resources are scarce.
The Amazonian fauna is one of the most biodiverse on the planet. The region concentrates more than 30% of the Earth’s biodiversity and its name, “Amazonas”, comes from the indigenous word “amassunu”, which means “noise of water, water that rumbles”. The Amazon is home to millenary cultures that preserve the secrets and an ancient knowledge vital to humanity. Ensuring their survival is ensuring the survival of the world as we know it.