The Amazon has already lost 17 percent of its forest cover and an additional 17 percent of its rainforests have been degraded. If deforestation increases and surpasses the 20-25 percent threshold, this vital ecosystem will reach an irreversible tipping point of ecological collapse. The Amazon rainforest, as we've known it, could dive into the process of "savannafication."
In response to this emergency and a call from Indigenous peoples to show solidarity, Amazon Watch hosted a Global Week of Action for the Amazon from September 5-11, in collaboration with the Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin, the Global Amazon Assembly, the Pan-Amazon Social Forum, and many more coalition members from around the world.
Using the newly-launched activist app, Noo.World, we organized online and in-person actions in solidarity with Indigenous peoples against a multitude of threats and amplified Indigenous-led solutions including the campaign Amazonía for Life: Protect 80% of the Amazon by 2025.
The Amazonía for Life campaign celebrated its first historic victory on September 10, when members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature approved the campaign's motion 129 at the World Conservation Congress.
Supporting Amazon Watch is a critical way to protect the rainforest, defend Indigenous rights, and address climate change. Amazon Watch is building on 25 years of work to protect the Amazon rainforest and defend the rights, lives, and territories of Indigenous peoples.
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