I am Benki Piyãko. I have planted 3 million trees in the Amazon and I want to plant 10 million more. Right now our forest is burning. I’m here to talk about what we can all do to revert this. AMA.
Hello Reddit - I am Benki Piyãko, Ashaninka spiritual leader and environmentalist. I work on the preservation and reforestation of the Amazon rainforest and indigenous peoples rights.
Our forest is burning, more than ever before, and I am deeply concerned. I’m here to talk about what we can all do to revert this.
I am talking to you from my home, Yorenka Tasorentsi Institute, in the Brazilian Amazon, where we are combating severe drought and wildfires.
With the support of our partners at Aniwa and The Boa Foundation, we are raising awareness and fundraising for the establishment of a permanent fire station support system in our community.
This year we lost almost 1 million trees in the fire. We are fundraising for the purchase of a truck to transport large quantities of water and the creation of water wells in the forest, so there can be enough water to take care of the reforested areas during droughts.This will help us protect land and fight fires in the future.
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I created Institute Yorenka Tasorentsi with the intention to diffuse environmental practices, training of the youth, repopulating species near extinction and creating sustainability in the management of bio diversity.I have planted 3 million trees and intend to plant 10 million more.
Learn more: Yorenkatasorentsi.org
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**EDIT: Thank you, everyone, for your insightful questions. Benki will be stepping away briefly for another meeting, but rest assured, he'll be returning to address more of your inquiries shortly. As you can see on a few of these comments, his responses are exceptionally thorough, and we genuinely appreciate your patience. Stay tuned for more engaging discussions ahead!**