The Amazon Forest Fund is managed by Earth Alliance, which is hosted by Global Wildlife Conservation, a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID 26-2887967). Checks can be made out to Global Wildlife Conservation and mailed to: Global Wildlife Conservation, PO Box 129 | Austin, TX 78767 | USA

The emergency

The Amazon rainforest is on fire, with more than 9,000 wildfires scorching delicate, irreplaceable landscapes across Brazil this week — year to date, more than 72,000 fires have been reported by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). This is a significant increase from the 40,000 fires in Brazil at this point last year. 

Why is this happening?

An unprecedented surge in deforestation, which leads to a drier overall region. This means less rain and dry grasslands that, once they start burning, result in fires that are nearly impossible to control.

How does this start?

Large-scale cattle operations and feed crops — much of it illegal — along with some impacts from logging, are the primary drivers of this deforestation.

What does this mean for the planet?

The destruction of the Amazon rainforest is rapidly releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, destroying an ecosystem that absorbs millions of tons of carbon emissions every year and is one of the planet’s best defenses against the climate crisis.

In addition, indigenous peoples’ land covers about 110 million hectares of the Brazilian Amazon, making the region critical not just for biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation, but also for the cultural survival, self-determination, and wellbeing of the Amazon's indigenous peoples.

Our commitment, and how you can help?

Earth Alliance has formed an emergency Amazon Forest Fund with an initial commitment of $5 million to focus critical resources on the key protections needed to maintain the ‘lungs of the planet.’

These funds are being distributed directly to indigenous communities and other local partners combating the fires, protecting indigenous lands, and providing relief to the communities impacted.

In order to enable groups receiving our support to focus their full capacity on this critical work, we have chosen not to spotlight them here.

Thanks to the overwhelming global support we have received for the fund, The Amazon Forest Fund’s selection criteria for additional local partner organizations from the Amazon region are expanding. We are urgently reviewing additional projects and organizations to ensure that funds are deployed most effectively to support concrete action by local Amazonian organizations.

We hope you will join us however you can. Preventing these fires requires protecting the forests, so help Earth Alliance fight deforestation in the Amazon rainforest by making a donation to the Amazon Forest Fund today.

Header photo: forest fire in the Amazon, 2018, by Daniel Beltrá