Green Issues: It’s our duty

My brother and I were huge Michael Jackson fans when we were young. My brother would spend hours in front of the TV, watching the music videos and trying to copy the dance moves.

He got quite good in the end. But what made me think of this now is Michael Jackson’s song, Heal the World.

As a young person already deeply concerned by what was happening to the earth, I was a member of WWF (World Wildlife Fund, as it was then) and used to host bring and buy sales, cake sales, undertook sponsored walks and those kind of things to raise money to help save the panda, the rhino, whichever endangered species was important at the time.

Heal the World really struck a chord with me and made me feel that I wasn’t alone in wanting to save the planet.

The lyrics have come back to me now.

There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space
Make a better place

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make it a better place
For you and for me

And the dream we were conceived in
Will reveal a joyful face
And the world we once believed in
Will shine again in grace
Then why do we keep strangling life
Wound this earth, crucify its soul
Though it’s plain to see
This world is heavenly
Be God's glow

The Amazon rainforest has always been under threat, as long as I can remember. The threats change as the years go by, as consumers want different products and companies race to provide those products at the cheapest manufacturing cost possible.

The new threat, the one that is a threat to us all the world over, is COVID-19.
Tribes in the Amazon are no different; they too are being affected but unlike us, they have very limited access to help. The virus has killed many elders of many tribes and over 150 Amazonian tribes are infected.

These people have lived in the forest for thousands of years, their ancestral memory is priceless in defending their home. No one can protect the forest with as much love and knowledge as they can. But without help, these tribes will soon be consigned to history and the floodgates will be open to rich, destructive corporations who would flatten the trees and mine the earth without a second thought. This is a make or break moment and one that calls for immediate action. The lungs of the earth will fall if we don’t do something to help make it a better place, for you and for me.

  • If you are able, please consider donating to the cause. Enough money will enable charities to…
  • provide vital COVID-19 testing kits, medical supplies and food packages for desperate families;
  • fund mobile health facilities and makeshift ICU beds in remote areas and rebuild rundown health centres;
  • buy vital communication equipment so communities can coordinate evacuations, report infections, and call for help.

Please visit https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/power_the_amazon_rescue_32/ to donate whatever you can.

Laura White

Author: Laura White

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