Now is the time. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have pledged climate action to be a pillar of this administration’s leadership plan. Defending rainforests goes hand-in-hand with the global need to mitigate climate change and prevent mass extinction.

Amazon Aid has been working hand in hand with Artists for Amazonia, and Amazon Watch to contribute to an issues awareness campaign with 15 priority actions that can and should be taken by the administration in its first 100 days in office. These initiatives are a call from civil society to engage in solutions to permanently protect the Amazon. Actions have been distilled by Amazon experts including a broad range of NGOs, scientists, artists, and influencers as effective ways to meet the needs of the urgent situation in the Amazon Rainforest.

The 15 actions outlined are based on the principles of human rights, science, transparency, support for democraticparticipation, and respect for the sovereign rights of Amazon countries over their territories and natural resources, including the sustainable use and development of those resources, as recognized by international law.

If we lose the Amazon Rainforest, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, we will be unable to meet the target of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius. It is for this reason and so many others, that protecting the Amazon is of vital importance to us all. With the Amazon moving closer to the tipping point, the stakes are high, but there are concrete steps that can be taken to mitigate its destruction.

Fortunately, Amazon Rainforest protection is already generating widespread attention from the climate movement, especially from young people and a growing number of Members of Congress. Will you join us in asking our administration to work together to permanently protect the Amazon? To find out more about the 15 recommended steps for Biden/Harris’ First 100 Days in office, please visit: https://amazonclimateplatform.org/