💚 Lula Drops Rainforest Deforestation 🌳

💚 Lula Drops Rainforest Deforestation 🌳

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Dennis Kamprad

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Here are the impactful insights that I have for you today:

  • A 34% drop in rainforest deforestation 🌳
  • Airlines help you rent clothes ✈
  • A Nobel Prize from prison 🖊
  • And more… 💚

Think about the Amazon Rainforest. What are the images that come to your mind?

For me, these used to be images of lush green nature full of exotic species.

But more recently, these pictures are replaced with some of deforestation and destruction…Especially during the time of the previous President of Brazil.

That’s why I’m especially happy to share with you that the rate of deforestation has significantly dropped in the last few months.

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🌳 A Breath of Fresh Air for the Amazon: Brazil Celebrates 34% Drop in Deforestation Under Lula

In a significant stride toward environmental conservation, Brazil has reported a 34% drop in Amazon deforestation during the first six months of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s term. 

This comes after four years of escalating destruction under the previous administration, and it’s a crucial victory for the world’s largest rainforest, a vital bulwark against climate change.

The data, collected by the National Institute for Space Research, shows that:

  • From January to June, the rainforest had alerts for possible deforestation covering 2,650 square kilometers,
  • down 34% from 4,000 sq km during the same period last year.

This decline is a testament to Lula’s commitment to rein in illegal logging and reverse the environmental devastation of the previous term.

This substantial decrease in deforestation marks a promising shift in Brazil’s environmental policy and a crucial step toward preserving our planet’s lungs.

The new administration has prioritized environmental law enforcement, with a focus on detecting real-time deforestation through satellite imagery:

  • By cross-referencing satellite data with land records, it’s possible to identify the owner of the deforested area in many cases, leading to an embargo that restricts access to financial loans and imposes other sanctions.
  • The government has also seized thousands of illegally raised cattle within embargoed areas, an effective strategy that inflicts immediate punishment, as fines are rarely paid in Brazil due to a slow appeals process.

However, the battle is far from over.

Despite these encouraging developments, the task of preserving the Amazon remains challenging due to the continued shortage of personnel and the complexity of enforcing environmental laws across such a vast region.

Do you want to help win this battle? Then check out the 9 Best Charities for Protecting the Amazon Rainforest 🌳

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📢 More Good News…

🏳‍🌈 Michigan Legislature approves ban on ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTQ+ minors: Lawmakers in Michigan have approved of banning conversion therapy to help protect LGBTQ minors in the state. The legislation currently awaits final approval by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Japan Airlines to lower carbon emissions by renting clothes: International visitors can now rent as many as eight outfits for up to two weeks, starting at $28. By reducing baggage and aircraft weight, Japan Airlines can now cut back on their carbon emissions. This service will run on a year-long trial until August 2024 and should bring us closer to sustainable tourism.

New Zealand becomes 1st country to ban plastic bags in supermarkets: A government campaign in New Zealand will ban various single-use plastic products, including those thin plastic bags you see groceries use for fresh produce. This new move should prevent the usage of 150 million plastic bags per year, reducing tons of plastic waste.

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🏛️ Event of the Day: Day of International Criminal Justice

Did you know that the Day of International Criminal Justice comes up this Monday, July 17? This day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute on 17 July 1998, the founding treaty of the ICC, which seeks to protect people from genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. It is a day to unite all those who wish to support justice, promote victims’ rights, and help prevent crimes that threaten the peace, security, and well-being of the world.

Below are our favorite charities that are especially relevant to this event:

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📜 This Week in History

🇺🇸 July 13, 1787: The US Congress establishes the Northwest Territory after the American Revolutionary War, eventually prohibiting slavery and promising resident Indians decent treatment.

🖊 July 13, 1934: Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright and novelist, is born in Abeokuta. He wrote a significant body of poems and notes criticizing the Nigerian government despite being in prison and was the first sub-Saharan African to be awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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💭 Quote of the Week

“You cannot live a normal existence if you haven’t taken care of a problem that affects your life and affects the lives of others, values that you hold which in fact define your very existence.”
― Wole Soyinka; Nigerian playwright, political activist, novelist, and first African to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature

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