Saving the Amazon – level 3

08-06-2023 07:00

Nonprofit organizations in Brazil, such as Rioterra and The Black Jaguar Foundation, are facing numerous challenges in their efforts to restore the decimated portions of the Amazon rainforest.

These organizations are combating illegal land-grabbing, limited budgets, and the difficulties of cultivating native trees on a large scale. Threats and violence against workers are a constant concern, with some individuals trying to halt reforestation efforts. Despite these obstacles, reforestation projects have the potential to mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon dioxide and preserving wildlife habitats. Brazil has vast areas of previously forested land that could be restored, but the scale of reforestation needed to protect the Amazon is immense and it requires significant funding.

While the Brazilian government has reduced reforestation funding in recent years, nonprofits like Rioterra and The Black Jaguar Foundation continue to strive towards their ambitious goals. The success of reforestation efforts in Brazil remains uncertain; however, experts emphasize the importance of such activities to save the planet.

Difficult words: mitigate (to make something less severe), sequester (to keep away), immense (extremely large or great).

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