Apple Donating Money to Preserve Amazon Rainforests Following Devastating Fires

Apple plans to donate money to "help preserve and restore" the Amazon forest across Latin America, Apple CEO Tim Cook said today on Twitter.

Cook's announcement comes following devastating fires that have been raging in Brazil for the past several weeks destroying the vulnerable rainforest.

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Image via CNN

There are often fires in the area in July and August, but the 2019 fires have been significantly more severe. The number of fires is also far higher, up 85 percent compared to last year. As of Sunday night, there were more than 80,000 fires burning in Brazil.

Brazil declared a state of emergency earlier this month over the growing number of fires, which are impacting the Brazilian states of Amazonas, Para, Mato Grosso and Rondônia.


Cook did not say how much money Apple plans to donate, but in similar situations in the past, Apple has offered $1 million or more to organizations like the Red Cross for fire relief purposes.

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Top Rated Comments

MrExitStrategy Avatar
64 months ago
Apple is investing heavily in Amazon...
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
swingerofbirch Avatar
64 months ago
This clears up a lot of misinformation about what is happening in the Amazon:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/08/26/why-everything-they-say-about-the-amazon-including-that-its-the-lungs-of-the-world-is-wrong/#2be7045e5bde
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
davidec Avatar
64 months ago
if you don't plan to tell people how much you donate... then why even post it then??

is getting recognition online more important than the act itself?
I think the other way. There’s an act of humility and responsibility by not talking dollars. Raising awareness about the issue itself. What’s it of your business how much Apple donates?
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
randyhudson Avatar
64 months ago
The rainforest does not generate any net oxygen. That is a common myth that most news sources would check before repeating. The animals that live there and the natural decay of plants consumes all of the oxygen produced.

BTW, I’m a democrat. Não somos nós que sejam educados? Pô
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
normang Avatar
64 months ago
Since these fires are largely normal and hyped by the media for "climate change" issues, don't believe the media hype, its All #Fakenews, with an occasional article pointing out some actual facts, but you have to look hard to find it.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wowzera Avatar
64 months ago
"The fires are of growing concern as the rainforest in the area generates approximately 20 percent of the world's oxygen, and it is also known for housing 10 percent of the world's known biodiversity."

The forest produces 20% of the world's oxygen but it also consumes 20% of the world's oxygen.
The world's lungs are the oceans, not a rainforest.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)