Doug Specht, a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, has written an article for The Conversation about how the general public can help to stop rainforest fires.

Doug Specht
Doug Specht

Amid the Amazon rainforest wildfires, in which over 2 million acres have burned since January 2019, and the alleged inaction of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, action by the public to stop or prevent wildfires is a necessity. Specht said: “The fires in South America are not your fault, but it is now time for all of us to apply pressure to change the way we look after our planet, and the future of life on Earth.”

He listed eight ways for the general public to do this, including to protect an acre of land, support indigenous populations, and challenge corporations. He said: “Companies, not individuals, are the most destructive force on the planet. 

“We can hit those who contribute to the Amazon’s downfall in the pockets by not buying their products. We can call them out on social media. We can tell our representatives that we want them properly regulated, and punished when they don’t comply.”

Read the full article on The Conversation website.

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