It’s the International Day of Forests today — an opportunity to shine the light on one of the world’s largest rainforests, the Amazon. Not only does the Amazon play a crucial role in regulating the world’s climate, it is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet and home to Indigenous Peoples. But all of this could be lost due to the destructive illegal logging and cattle ranching industries. The pictures below show the beauty of the Amazon as well as the effects of deforestation on Indigenous Peoples like the Karipuna, who depend on the forest.
The Karipuna Indigenous Land, located in the municipalities of Nova Mamoré and Porto Velho, in Rondônia state, has been rapidly destroyed by the ostensive invasion of loggers and grileiros (land grabbers).
Angela Glienicke, Picture Editor at Greenpeace UK
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