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The atmosphere is essential for the existence of life

The Atmosphere, essential for life on earth.

22nd October,  2020

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There are planets where the dense atmosphere of greenhouse gases produces a surface temperature that could melt lead. There are others, or even the earth long before the intensive period of meteorite impact, that keep radioactive elements on its surface producing burning heat *. Perhaps during that time of earth cooling, millions of years ago, there were optimal conditions that allowed life in some way on planets like Mars or Venus. Now there’s life on earth! But, to understand what allows this phenomenon to happen, it’s essential to recognize that there are a complete series of conditions and circumstances that make our planet an ideal place for life. So… Is planet earth as special as we think? We will explain everything you want to know and much more.

“The distinct layers of the atmosphere exist because the atoms of gases interact differently as we move away from the surface of the earth. This means that these layers are produced by the interaction of gas atoms with pressure, temperature and density decrease as we increase in height. ” in Atmósfera terrestre

You would be surprised to discover all the circumstances that allow you to be reading this today! Life on earth would be unimaginable if it wasn’t for a series of specific and vulnerable conditions. The atmosphere is one of them. The production of oxygen, the blocking of ultraviolet radiation, the hydrological cycle, among others, are just some of the conditions that are codependent and that, with any modification, directly alter the atmosphere and our life.

When we talk about these environmental modifications, we commonly talk about the agents that contaminate life cycles and the layers that protect the earth. Air pollution is a problem that affects every living being on the planet, and we must prevent an even worse climate crisis, because, if we don’t change our habits and way of acting, our life on earth could be history. If you don’t know what air pollution is, or what is the difference between the atmosphere, hydrosphere and all the cycles that exist on the planet and that allows life, keep reading!

*Estudio publicado en la revista Nature Science, por Jellinek de la Universidad de Columbia Británica.

The atmosphere is, actually, essential.

The atmosphere is a compound of stable gases, of approximately 10,000 km thick bound to the planet by the force of gravity, that surrounds the lithosphere and hydrosphere and envelops the earth. Without it, the earth would be a barren and hostile place!

Its most important functions are:
Supplies oxygen:

It provides living beings with essential gases for life, such as oxygen. It’s the second most abundant gas and is found in the troposphere, the first layer of the atmosphere, where organisms, plants and living beings that take advantage of this element live.

Allows the existence of water:

It’s part of the hydrological cycle, the water cycle that all living things need to live. Thanks to the atmosphere, clouds are formed and there’s an appropriate climate for water to be transported from one place to another.

It’s a natural sunscreen:

It protects us from most of the ultraviolet radiation since the ozone of the atmosphere absorbs most of the rays that come from the sun.

Provides an ideal temperature:

It allows the planet’s environment to be regulated at an ideal temperature for life. CO₂, present in the atmosphere in less than 0.1%, allows the planet’s temperature to remain stable, blocks part of the heat from the rays of the Sun during the day, and at night, it keeps the heat close to the surface.

Acts as a protective shield:

It protects us from meteorites because when they have to go through several layers at different temperatures, they disintegrate with the help of the gases in the atmosphere. The molecules are in constant movement, and when they collide with the meteorites, they disintegrate due to their speed..

We can hear sounds thanks to the atmosphere:

It allows sound to spread like waves in space. Therefore, thanks to the atmosphere, you can listen to music and people talk. Sound waves can’t travel in empty space, but they can travel through gases in the air.

Air pollution affects our lives.

All these conditions, as well as the cycles that allow life such as the oxygen and water cycle, depend directly on the existence of a stable atmosphere. So what about air pollution? Carbon dioxide, which is found in a low concentration on the atmosphere, plays an essential role since it prevents the direct radiation that reaches us from the Sun from being returned in its fullness to space. In other words, it allows the entrance of solar radiation but prevents all heat from escaping, keeping the earth from being a frozen place.

But the indiscriminate increase in this gas caused by industrial processes, the use of fossil fuels and logging causes an atmosphere imbalance. In this way, the concentration of carbon dioxide increases, sunlight continues it entrances through the atmosphere, but the heat finds it difficult to get out, thus generating all the consequences of global warming due to the increase in temperature.

This air pollution, caused by the increase in carbon dioxide, is really an imbalance in the proportion of gases that compose the atmosphere. “If men break this balance by releasing, for example, the carbon dioxide contained in fossil fuels, nature tends to regulate itself towards a new balance, through altering the one that existed” 1. Actually, more air pollution will cause an increase in global warming and with it, the results that we are already seeing: an attempt of the earth to regain its natural balance.

1.Cambios en la atmósfera que alteran el equilibrio de la Tierra por Juana Fernández en Vida universitaria de la Universidad de Navarra.


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The possibilities of achieving the SDGs are uncertain

The possibilities of achieving the SDGs are uncertain, what can we do?

15th October  2020

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The UN has established that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 will be impossible for countries with low economic growth. Currently, progress in several areas is being made, but, efforts to achieve these goals aren’t developing at the speed and scale needed. This is why 2020 has been established as the beginning of a decade of ambitious actions in order to achieve the Goals to accomplish the United Nations 2030 Agenda. It’s not an easy task, some targets are especially challenging, but we keep on betting on the construction of a more equitable, sustainable and peaceful world.

Do you want to know what SDGs are? Click here

The Global Goals are our biggest hope; for people, for the planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships. We must work to reach them and combat the world’s biggest challenges, from poverty and gender equality to climate change, inequality and closing the financial gap.

The United Nations Development Programme suggests that “As a human family we’ve never done anything like this before. It’s uncharted territory: we are going to have to overhaul the way we live and do business, produce energy and food, dispense justice, and empower the most disadvantaged. But we have no choice but to step forward; we can already, almost daily, see the cost of inaction played out in real time; widespread global climate and political protests; entire forests ablaze; unprecedented levels of desertification; ancient cities flooding; millions of people forced to migrate.”1 With the SDGs, we are faced with an action route never before proposed by humanity, a global pact necessary for the creation of an inclusive future.

  1. In Deadline 2030

Why do we have hope?

Ten years before the deadline for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, the UN has marked 2020 as the beginning of a decade of ambitious actions in order to join forces to accomplish the promise of a more sustainable and equitable world. In September 2019, the UN General Secretary called all sectors of society to mobilize and join forces to take action at the global, local and personal levels. This decade of action requires accelerated solutions directed to the principal challenges we face as humanity and furthermore, is a call to all people to make these global goals their own since the accomplishment of the promise of the 2030 Agenda requires that each one act both individually and collectively.

In our daily lives we can help the world to achieve the SDGs, with our actions we can contribute to the different lines of action of the 2030 Agenda. That’s why we want to share with you the UN’s Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving The World and 7 easy things we all can do to reach the SDGs. Now you can take the first step towards joining the Sustainable Development Goals route. You’ll see that our individual contribution can be replicated until it becomes part of the solution. On the other hand, having work from larger spheres than the personal one is crucial. Government participation and the support of private institutions from different economic sectors is essential, let’s not forget that to generate an unstoppable movement that encourages the transformations we need, all sectors of society must contribute.

How do we contribute to the SDG’s achievement?

We believe that change is possible, and we dream of a future where nature and humanity can live in harmony. This is why we care about contributing with our work to the Sustainable Development Goals. We want to be part of that route of action that tries to make a better planet, we will tell you how we do it:

 

Decent work and economic growth: Support inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

The economic growth of indigenous communities is deficient, that’s the reason why Saving the Amazon, in the development of its programs, works hand in hand with indigenous and native communities of the Vaupés (Colombian department) where families receive a monthly commission for planting and caring the trees, of which the resources produced by planting can be used by the community and become also an additional economic income. This project creates decent, sustainable work and economic growth in the communities. Read more about SDG 8 Here

 

 

Reduced inequalities: Reduce inequalities within and between countries.

Social inequality in the world is increasing and the lack of job opportunities contributes to this problem. In our projects, we include the indigenous communities without any discrimination of any kind, in which their remuneration is generated in an equitable way. Learn more about the work that has been done worldwide to achieve this goal.

 

 

Responsible consumption and production

Together with the associated communities of the projects, we have promoted the creation of ecological jobs, carrying out reforestation activities, where the resources produced by planting, edible seeds and fruits, are used to the maximum. These seeds are replanted and the materials generated by the trees are used by the community to supply the needs of their daily life, without affecting the subsistence of the plants. These projects are producing sustainable jobs emphasizing the protection of the environment. Read: Responsible consumption and production

 

We are working to achieve our vision of eradicating poverty, rescuing the planet and building a peaceful world. We need your help to achieve it. Join us!

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Increase in global temperature

Climate change, just a few degrees more put in risk the whole planet

8th October 2020

Global warming is causing a series of changes in the earth’s climate and in the life of the beings that inhabit it. Climate change is advancing at unprecedented speed and is altering the rhythm of the weather to which all living things have become accustomed. After the UN Climate Summit last year, the entity warned about the worrying increase in the planet’s temperature and predicted the remaining time we have before reaching an irreversible and irremediable crisis. The numbers and the facts are worrying, we tell you what consequences the increase in temperature brings and what would happen if it doesn’t reach a stable point before the next 7 years.

The world is a long way from meeting the Paris Agreement targets to keep global temperature rise below 2 ° C relative to pre-industrial levels according to United in Science scientific research carried out by the World Meteorological Organization.

Modern life has brought us to a crucial moment by putting us the greatest challenge of our time, a challenge that ourselves push to the limit, climate change. How are we going to cope with the changes we’re already seeing on our planet? can we fix it? It’s becoming increasingly clear that humans have caused most of the global warming, after more than a century of industrialization, massive deforestation and large-scale agriculture, the amounts of gases that cause the greenhouse effect -which also causes an increase in the earth’s temperature by retaining heat- have increased to levels never seen before.

An increase in global temperature conditions of as little as 5 degrees could cause a collapse of the earth’s systems by rising sea levels to 6-9 meters, leading us to the complete loss of coral reefs and the Amazon rainforest and turning large areas of the planet into uninhabitable places. [reed: Climate change driving entire planet to dangerous ‘tipping point’]

Maybe we think that a rise of 2-5 degrees will not make us change our sweaters or coats for dresses and shorts, but the physical and biological processes of the planet are extremely fragile and sensitive to temperature. And the accelerated increase that has occurred in the last century represents an increase almost ten times faster than what the planet experienced during the 5,000 years following the last Ice Age.

The evidence of global warming is right in front of us.

NASA has been studying the levels of different gases that cause the greenhouse effect and changes in the earth’s climate to inform and warn about the impact caused by the increase in temperature based on scientific evidence. The evidence presented by NASA of the temperature increase is worrying:

Global temperature increase.

Since the end of the 19th century, the average temperature of the planet’s surface has increased by approximately 1.14 degrees Celsius due to the increase in carbon dioxide and other emissions produced by humans.

 

 

 

Ice sheets are getting smaller

Las The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in masses.
“Greenland lost an average of 279,000 million tons of ice per year between 1993 and 2019, while Antarctica lost approximately 148,000 million tons of ice per year during the same period”1. Glaciers are also losing their cover in almost all parts of the world, the Andes, the Alps, the Himalayas, Alaska and Africa. 2

 

Rise in sea level and ocean temperature

The sea level has risen by about 20 centimeters in the last hundred years. The speed of the last two decades is almost double than the one of the last century and is accelerating every year. On the other hand, the oceans have absorbed much of the increased heat from the earth, the shallowest 100 meters show warming of more than 0.33 degrees Celsius since 1969. 3

 

 

 

Despite the different attempts to counteract the climate crisis, we continue observing the result of our inability to face the climate emergency every day. This evidence of climate change is worrying as many earth systems are close to reaching a point of no return, and the possibility of a life-threatening increase in temperature is an existing and constant threat to civilization. In addition to rising sea levels, weather conditions can be more extreme. This implies more intense storms, followed by longer droughts, thus challenging food production, generating changes in the ecosystems of the different spices and the loss of water supply that historically came from glaciers.

It’s time to inform ourselves and act, we are reaching a key moment for our future.


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Be an activist in 2020

We tell you how to be an activist in 2020

17th September 2020

Nowadays, in the times we face as humanity, it might seem hard to make a change on the planet. We can be overwhelmed when we see that our actions seem to have no real impact, or perhaps you have wondered what you can do to contribute in some way. You must know that you can make a change from your home. There’s a lot you can do, we’ll tell you how to fight climate change!

Photo by Vincent M.A. Janssen

Sustainable development must be a priority in our actions, this way we can satisfy our present needs without compromising the ones that will arise in the future. Activism, that is focused on the conservation of the environment and the different actors that are part of it, appears to achive this sustainable development. Activism has become a fighting front with a political purpose to achieve changes and transformations in favor of diverse interests, and today it has increasingly positioned on social networks.

When we speak of social activism, we speak about social action. These actions seek to find answers and solutions to common problems through different means, either from state institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations to each person as an individual. An activist is, therefore “A person who pursues a fair cause not only personally, but collectively”1. Today we have many common causes and goals that bring us together, protecting the environment is one of them since climate change and the different threats that put it at risk are threatening a place that we all have in common, a place that we all call home, the earth.

We all can be activists, with our actions, we can protect nature and the most affected communities by the different practices that intensify the climate crisis.

[1] Fernando Díaz Naranjo in El activismo social para La Silla Rota

Here are some easy ways to start

From Saving The Amazon, we want to give you some ideas to protect the planet and all of us who live in it. You can be an activist from home,you can even do much more than you imagine! Activism is much more than stopping oil tankers in the ocean, so here are four things you can do to have a positive impact on the environment and different communities. There are things so small that take just a few seconds and could have a huge impact.

Take advantage of Social Networks 

You can become a digital activist, take advantage of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, even Tik Tok to share information and ideas to mitigate the climate crisis and make visible the communities directly affected. Get your friends and followers involved in causes that can help create a more sustainable future.

Become aware of your habits and do your best to make them sustainable

Choose locally produced and slowed-down products, that way, you’ll be promoting local employment, you’ll be helping to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption, you’ll support small producers, among others.

[Read: 10 Reasons Buying Local is Great for You and the Planet]

Try to be better-informed.

Have critical thinking. Don’t settle only for media that presents one facet of the problem, this will allow you to have a better understanding of the world we live in to decide what actions we can take to make it a better place. Also, You can look up for information from alternative local media, or why not? Watch a documentary about current situations that you find interesting.

Support Non-Governmental Organizations

Supports all the efforts of entities that care about the protection of the environment. Today, thanks to the Internet, you can generate a huge influence with a single click so entities can have a positive impact on the planet. A donation, sharing information, or even volunteering can be a support for them.

With Saving The Amazon, by planting a tree, you can have an impact on the environment, the Amazon, and the communities that inhabit it. With us, you can be an activist from your home with a single click!

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Share this information and be an activist, Lets  make a change in the world!

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Los principios básicos del Ecodiseño

Los principios básicos del Ecodiseño

El ecodiseño es la concepción de un objeto que tiene como fin garantizar la funcionalidad y la estética, en suma, la sostenibilidad ambiental. El ecodiseño toma en cuenta no solo la utilidad y belleza de un producto, sino que también cuestiona qué impacto ambiental tendrá dicho objeto diseñado.

Los efectos ambientales de cada producto depende de muchos factores, como la materia prima, el proceso productivo y el resultado final. También es importante considerar los comportamientos que dicho objeto desencadenará en en el consumidor final.

Diversas compañías ya han anunciado pasos importantes en este aspecto. Según precisa la portavoz Cynthia Torres de Monederosmart, los gigantes tecnológicos de Estados Unidos Apple y Microsoft han anunciado que prevén convertirse en empresas sin emisiones de carbono para el 2030. La empresa de la manzana tiene en la MacBook Pro 16 un producto a base de material reciclado, y es su buque insignia del ecodiseño.

A continuación precisamos los principios para que un diseño se convierta en ecológico.

  1. Reducir material. Consiste en optimizar materiales y energías a fin de obtener un producto con la menor cantidad de costos y, en consecuencia, efectos medioambientales. Además de las emisiones ambientales, se garantiza la protección de los recursos limitados de la naturaleza, de modo que el beneficio es doble.

  2. Un solo material en lugar de dos. Trabajar con un único material permite simplificar los procesos productivos y el reciclado cuando acabe la vida útil. Para lograr este punto, los diseñadores tienen una gran tarea, pues las exigencias estéticas actuales y las tendencias están orientadas hacia el uso de mucho material.

  3. Durabilidad. Mientras más vida útil tenga un objeto, más respetuoso será con el medio ambiente, ya que no habrá necesidad de sustituirlo por otro y desecharlo. La elección de materiales duraderos es un pilar fundamental del ecodiseño.

  4. Ser multifuncional. Se considera multifuncional al producto que no necesita modificación y es útil para varias funciones, lo cual incrementa sus posibilidades de uso y se reducen las de terminar en la basura. Un concepto distinto es el de ser reutilizable, pues este necesita modificaciones en forma o estructura para volver a ser útil. Un
    producto reciclable depende de qué materiales está fabricado para que se prolongue su vida útil.

  5. Reducción dimensional. Compactar y limitar el producto es esencial en el ecodiseño, pues ello resultará importante al momento del transporte, ya que será menor el impacto ambiental de las emisiones de CO2. Ahorrar material y reducir lo mayor posible el producto requiere de una proyección inteligente desde la concepción del producto. 

A estos principios puede sumarse el tecnológico, ya que los avances de este sector ha permitido obtener nuevas soluciones que garantizan la sostenibilidad ecológica. Las innovaciones deben ser creativas y vanguardistas. Todos los avances orientados a mantener un bajo impacto ambiental forman parte de los objetivos de las compañías para ser más sostenibles.

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Compromiso con la selva

Contaminación plástica en más del 80 % de las especies de peces de agua dulce en la Amazonía

Una reciente investigación de la Universidad Federal de Pará en Brasil examinó los contenidos estomacales de los peces de agua dulce del río Xingu en Brasil, hallando la evidencia del consumo de partículas de plástico y otros desechos en cada uno de los tres gremios tróficos (herbívoros, omnívoros, carnívoros).

Las pruebas estomacales se aplicaron en 172 especímenes de 16 especies de la Amazonia, y revelaron partículas plásticas en más del 80 % de las especies examinadas, incluyendo el omnívoro Loro Pachu, el herbívoro Dólar de Plata de Azuelo Rojo y la Piraña de Vientre Rojo que se alimenta de carne.

Los especialistas identificaron una docena de polímeros distintos utilizados para fabricar artículos de plástico, incluyendo bolsas, botellas y artes de pesca. La mayoría de los residuos eran negros, rojos, azules, blancas o translúcidas y variaba de partículas de 1 mm a escamas de 15 mm de ancho.

De esta manera, la contaminación en los ríos estaría afectando la vida silvestre del mundo. La razón típicamente aceptada es que las piezas ingresan a los cuerpos de agua de la Amazonía y se degradan en partículas de plástico y micro-plástico que pueden ser ingeridas por los peces.

El proceso puede darse en todas las especies. Los herbívoros suelen confundir piezas de plástico con semillas, frutas y hojas. Por otro lado, los omnívoros pueden ingerir plásticos en las macrófitas; plantas que constituyen gran parte de su alimentación. Mientras que los carnívoros suelen consumir desechos plásticos cuando comen presas contaminadas.

“Fue una triste sorpresa porque en la etapa inicial de nuestra investigación, el objetivo principal era comprender la ecología de la alimentación de los peces, pero cuando comenzamos a analizar los contenidos del estómago, encontramos plástico”, mencionó Tommaso Giarrizzo.

Esta información se suma a los datos generales de contaminación que causa del plástico. La ONU lo califica como “catástrofe ambiental mundial”. Cerca de 13.000.000 toneladas de plástico se filtra al océano cada año. Por ello, ha hecho un llamado para acabar con el “uso excesivo y el aumento del consumo de plásticos de un solo uso”.

Y es que aproximadamente 1 millón de bolsas de plástico se utilizan cada minuto. Una sola bolsa puede tardar unos 1.000 años en degradarse. Ante ello, han surgido diversas opciones ecológicas para dar solución al problema ambiental mundial evitando el uso de bolsas plásticas.

En México, por ejemplo, el 1 de enero de 2020 entró en vigor la prohibición de producir y comercializar bolsas plásticas en Ciudad de México. A la fecha diferentes empresas incluyen en su servicio la posibilidad de adquirir bolsas ecológicas elaboradas de polipropileno, bioplástico, algodón orgánico y otros materiales amigables con el medio ambiente. De igual forma con el uso de las pajitas de plástico, pues se ha concientizado a renunciar a la comodidad de las mismas.

 

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Compromiso con la selva

Economía circular en la infancia

 

En setiembre del 2019, la gobernación del Amazonas firmó un pacto por la Economía Circular para la Región, con la finalidad de contribuir en el posicionamiento de los bienes, valores y servicios ambiental y ecológicos del departamento. Pero, ¿qué es exactamente la economía circular? 

 

La economía circular consiste en producir, consumir, reutilizar/reparar y reciclar. Es una economía de la funcionalidad: priorizamos el uso frente a la posesión. Se fabrica y envasa productos que pueden hacer la diferencia. Una vez consumidos, reutilizamos los productos o partes de los mismos. Reparamos para darles una segunda vida, y hacemos una valorización de aquellos residuos que no se pueden reciclar.  

 

La economía circular en la infancia 

Afortunadamente, el concepto de la economía circular puede emplearse en cualquier sector empresarial, incluso en la industria de productos dirigidos para bebés y niños. 

 

Pañales ecológicos

La firma Bebés Ecológicos afirmó que anualmente se sacrifican 30 millones de árboles para la producción de pañales desechables, ya que se tala al menos 10 árboles por niño y se generan toneladas de residuos no biodegradables. Asimismo, en un estudio que realizaron en 2007 comprobaron que el uso de el uso de pañales reutilizables supuso el ahorro de 5.420 árboles. Aseguraron que esta cifra se elevaría a aproximadamente cinco millones, si es que cada niño nacido en territorio español optará por esta opción ecológica durante sus primeros dos años y medio. 

Lo cierto es que los pañales desechables están hechos a partir de celulosa, la materia prima que se obtiene de la deforestación de árboles. Desgraciadamente, la tala y quema indiscriminada de árboles amenaza la Amazonia, la bioreserva más grande de la Tierra. 

En cambio, los pañales ecológicos están fabricados con materiales biodegradables, que tardan siete años en ser absorbidos por la naturaleza, por lo que contribuyen al cuidado ambiental. Habitualmente están confeccionados de tela, pero constan de un cobertor o impermeable, un absorbente y un forro desechable hecho de bambú.

 

Ropa

La industria textil es la segunda más contaminante del planeta. Y aunque, diferentes marcas como H&M o Vans han manifestado su rechazo ante la actitud pasiva de gobernantes frente a los incendios en el Amazonas, pertenecen a una industria que contribuye a la contaminación. Así, incluso, la diseñadora Eileen Fisher calificó a la industria textil como la segunda más contaminante después del petróleo. Y es que, se afirma que la este sector comercial emite un 10 % de todo el C02 al año y corta alrededor de 70 millones de árboles. 

Los bebés dejan mucha ropa que ya no utilizan, debido a que en sus primeros años crecen rápidamente. Por eso, debemos ser conscientes sobre la producción de sus prendas, y en la medida posible apostar por la reutilización. Además, existe ropa ecológica para bebé, la cual protege el medio ambiente y es beneficiosa para salud del bebé. Estas prendas están elaboradas con materiales naturales como algodón orgánico, no están tintadas con químicos sino por colocares procedentes de plantas y, por supuesto, no llevan blanqueadores ni tóxicos. 

En el 2006 se creó en Europa las Normas Textiles Orgánicas Globales (GOTS) que mediante un certificado acredita que una prenda o marca utiliza materiales orgánicos. No obstante, lo ideal continúa siendo la reutilización de ropa

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Ayúdanos a Salvar la Selva del Amazonas

Help us Save the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is a lush garden that is displayed to the world as a beautiful green island that covers 7 million km2, within which it hosts the greatest biodiversity on the planet, this is 33% of animal and plant species in the world.

The “lung of the world”, as the Amazon is known, recycles more than 2 billion tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and converts it into pure Oxygen (O2) for all mankind, this represents 22% a world level In addition, it produces 25% of the planet’s fresh water.

What dangers threaten the existence of the beautiful Amazon rainforest? Why are 1.4 M hectares of forest lost every year? What is the relationship with the greenhouse effect that has caused so much damage to the earth? and how can you help save the Amazon ?; Know the answers, below.

Problems Affecting the Amazon

Currently, the Amazon is threatened by human greed; which has produced immense destruction through large cattle ranches, huge agribusinesses, mining and logging companies, the construction of hydroelectric dams and the method of logging and burning of small farmers.

Each of these elements from its own corner and in its eagerness for power and wealth coupled with ignorance, mistreats the land that has been generously given to humanity to be cared for and maintained in perfect balance for its own existence.

An example is the fact that a tree takes 60 to 70 years to grow. But those who cut them in an excessive way to provide more space

for their livestock or their crops, they devastate forests in minutes. Surprisingly, they are able to disappear areas the size of a

soccer field daily. Recent reports indicate that in recent years the Amazon rainforest has lost an area as huge as the country of Germany.

When the vegetal layer is eliminated quickly, the problem of soil erosion is generated, which costs to recover again, because it loses the nutrients that leave with the rain, which eventually leads to the creation of large areas desert like the one in Africa.

And if there are no trees that absorb and store the nutrients that crops need to conserve soil fertility, it can have its consequences, since these trees that provide fodder are home to billions of animals, who are also threatened with their existence and therefore the balance of nature.

When talking about an endangered species, it refers to a complete class of animals that are not released for 50 years. For example, the monkey Tamarín de Goeldi who only lives, feeds and reproduces in the Amazon rainforest and is currently in danger of extinction.

The use and abuse of burning as a method of cleaning an area creates another major problem for the Amazon. A daily campfire the size of a football field produces a high amount of CO2 that feeds the greenhouse at very fast rates.

This uncontrolled deforestation technique eliminates natural filters that can help counteract the emanations of polluted air into the atmosphere. It should be noted that the emissions of gases by burning, is greater than those generated by the automotive and industrial park as a whole.

How did the Amazon fire start?

There are many debates that have arisen due to this catastrophe while the fire of the Amazon rainforest continues advancing by leaps and bounds.

One of the responsibilities lies with Brazil, since, in addition to owning about 65% of the Amazon, it is accused of promoting the start of fire by encouraging and supporting cattle ranches and farmers in order to increase the export of raw materials of corn, soybeans, beef and cattle pastures, as well as hydroelectric projects that undermine the Amazon River basins in exchange for better economic stability for the nation and strengthening its real currency.

For its part, Brazil accuses the European Union of violating international agreements and treaties on environmental and anti-slavery rights, due to counting among its nations the most prominent countries for their interest in the permanence and development of hydroelectric companies and financing of wood industries. They generate the largest export of tropical timber in the Amazon, and cause not only the destruction of the forest, but also invade and destroy the territories of the indigenous, forcing them to abandon their culture and take them to forced labor.

The Amazonian tribes that in their time were counted by millions now realize they are only a few thousand who require protection to be able to live with their culture and customs.

SOLUTIONS TO SAVE THE AMAZON

Representatives of environmental organizations agree that joint efforts must be combined to fight together and not separated from their trenches to achieve a real impact on governments and laws

that curb the ecological devastation in the Amazon and boost the reforestation of the planet’s lung.

This awareness must reach the world rulers, businesses and reach the common citizen so that he can understand that not only the food he consumes, the clothing that adorns him, the medicines and products that improve his health and embellish him, the climate that characterizes its region, its labor practices, all this depends on the existence of the Amazon rainforest Colombia.

One of the reforestation initiatives is the Sow a Tree project. This consists of obtaining small donations from the entire world population that contributes to reducing the ecological footprint, through which, the ecological organizations together with the local indigenous people plant a tree in the Amazon with the name of the donor.

It is proposed to expand the protected national parks because it has been observed that not only has the fauna and flora been conserved, but also the permanence of indigenous communities and the promotion of their culture.

Promote the implementation of sanction laws on companies that violate international treaties on the protection of nature, human rights and wildlife protection.

Promote the change to a healthier lifestyle that implies less consumption of meat, soy and corn from other countries, which implies the rational use of local and regional resources of each nation, as well as adopting really sustainable practices with the environment , such as recycling, reducing and reusing.

WHAT SAVING THE AMAZON IS DOING

Through the dissemination of information, Saving the Amazon is raising awareness among individuals, businesses, international organizations and countries to protect the Amazon from the imminent danger of its disappearance, curb unbalanced deforestation and guarantee the home of indigenous populations and hundreds of species. unique and necessary to maintain balance in nature.

As well as other environmental organizations, Saving the Amazon, demands that countries enact environmental laws that impede and forcefully punish those responsible for the degradation to which the Amazon is being subjected, as well as comply with those already established in defense of human rights and thus protect indigenous communities and their rights over their territories.

Promote responsible consumption habits among the general population, regardless of where they live in order to achieve a healthier lifestyle and in harmony with the environment.

HOW CAN YOU HELP THE AMAZON?

After knowing the underlying problem that threatens the continuity of human life as it is known, surely many think of how I help the Amazon. Well, there are many real and simple options that can be made from home.

One of them is to participate actively in the project donates a tree to the Amazon. There are many international environmental organizations that promote sustainable development actions in order to reforest areas where human ambition has caused destruction.

With each donation, it is possible to plant a tree with the help and participation of the members of the local indigenous communities, which reduces the carbon footprint and gives the hope of a better tomorrow.

Another important recommendation is to soak up more on the subject and change the lifestyle to one that is more friendly and environment friendly, so that it can be kept much healthier and less polluting. It is true that you cannot change the world, but you can change your own lifestyle. It must be remembered that you are not the only person on the planet who is making your changes.

It is encouraged to disseminate information among acquaintances and friends, as well as to the family itself. Help the earth by promoting the culture of reusing, recycling and reducing.

Humanity has the natural right to enjoy the benefits that the Amazon rainforest brings to the planet. Not only will the significant effect on climate stability and control of the greenhouse effect be seen, but every descendant of humanity will appreciate it.

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