#WildlifeWednesday – Inhabitants of the Amazon


I am deeply saddened to hear about the rampant fires currently ravaging the Amazon Rainforest. Relaxed policies on environmental protections and an increased focus on clear-cutting the natural areas has had an immediate and negative impact on a region that already sees numerous fires every year. According to Brazil’s Institute for Space Research, fires in the region number in the high tens of thousands, and an increase of 83% versus this time last year. Smoke pours across Brazil and it’s neighboring states.

Climate change is a hot-button issue these days, and I make an honest attempt to keep politics from being a factor in my work. I get to do what I love for a living, and along the way I also have the pleasure of sharing the world’s beautiful places, animals, and cultures with those whom don’t have the luxury to visit them all. It’s important to me we all share in this experience regardless of our backgrounds and beliefs.

Regardless of our beliefs, or the theories behind the how or why – world-wide climate is changing, and this region of the world is solely responsible for replenishing 20% of the oxygen in our atmosphere and purging a substantial amount of carbon from our air. In times like these I’m hopeful we can put the politics aside and realize the devastating ramifications that occur when we take our environment for granted.

For more information on the topic, and ways to help visit the World Wildlife Fund site on the subject.

2 Responses to “#WildlifeWednesday – Inhabitants of the Amazon”

  1. Jean C. Tryon says:

    “…hopeful we can put the policies aside…” Sad to say, there are those who think changing climate is just fake science. [But if I see your place going up in smoke, I’ll run up 47th with a bucket and put it out—it’s just a stone’s throw away from me] I really do not feel that the whole process can be stopped; we’ve come too close to the edge and TPTB are unwilling to act.

  2. Elizabeth Bishop says:

    Heartbreaking!!!

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