The new Congress is preparing to take bold legislative action on climate change and COVID-19 response, and we need to remind policymakers that deforestation and habitat conversion are at the root of some of the most pressing problems threatening our planet.
New studies reveal that more than 166,000 square miles of forest habitat—an area roughly the size of California—were lost to deforestation in the tropics and subtropics between 2004 and 2017. Nearly two-thirds of this loss occurred in Latin America—with the Brazilian Amazon experiencing the most devastation.
While the challenge seems unsurmountable, there are solutions we can work towards. It's vital that the United States partner with countries to prevent deforestation and nature loss and protect biodiversity hot spots such as the Amazon from destruction.
Will you ask your representative to take action to end deforestation worldwide and increase funding to protect biodiversity strongholds like the Amazon? This action is only open to US residents.