Boycott Amazon.com Until They Work to Protect the Amazon Rainforest

Climate scientists have long emphasized the vital role of the Amazon rainforest in absorbing CO2 emissions and hosting an incredible wealth of biodiversity. They warn that deforestation is pushing the Amazon to a tipping point that would disrupt both its ecosystem and the global climate, as rates of forest destruction have increased rapidly over the last two years. The Amazon rainforest, including the animals and indigenous people who depend on it, need a solution that ends deforestation NOW and can help reduce climate change. Enough money could preserve the rainforest, protect indigenous people, and provide viable alternatives for small farmers and ranchers. It just so happens that Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com have more than enough money to make preserving the Amazon forest a reality.

The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most important carbon sinks that can help reduce climate change, and is among the most biodiverse places on Earth. All of this is at risk, as rates of forest destruction are increasing.

Climate scientists warn deforestation is pushing the Amazon rainforest to a tipping point that would disrupt both its ecosystem and the global climate.

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Jeff Bezos may be the world’s wealthiest person. He has accumulated over $111 Billion through his ownership of Amazon.com. His company made a net profit of $10 Billion just in 2018. If anyone can afford to address the complex challenge of preserving the Amazon rainforest, it’s them. So, we’re putting pressure on them to step up and do something, before we lose this vital ecosystem.

Deforestation in Para, Brazil from 1984 – 2018, via Google Earth Engine — from Science Friday

There is no reason to think that Amazon.com is particularly ‘at fault’ for the Amazon deforestation crisis, and when it comes to the climate crisis, they may be no more (but are certainly no less) responsible than many other multinational corporations. However, it is apparent that Amazon.com and Jeff Bezos have the financial resources to act on our behalf. Why should we give them any more of our money, until we know that they are going to use it to help humanity deal with this urgent threat? They chose the Amazon name, so we choose them to step up.

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