One way that can help prevent deforestation of rainforests is using renewable energy instead of non-renewable energy. Fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, pose a big threat to rainforests as well as the rainforest communities. In areas such as the Amazon, oil extraction is on the rise, and as a result, it is causing devastation to the environment as well as affecting the communities that rely on the forest for food and shelter.
Cutting down on beef consumption is another effective way of preventing deforestation of rainforests. Rainforest beef is found in processed beef products and hamburgers. Rainforests are being cleared to create space for the rearing of cattle for beef production. By reducing beef consumption, this reduces the demand for it, subsequently reducing the number of rainforests being cleared for cattle.
Reducing wood and paper consumption is another way that can help save rainforests from destruction. Some companies in the timber business are clearing rainforests to make paper and wood products, such as toilet paper, office paper and furniture. By using recycled lumber and tree-free paper, this helps preserve the rainforests.
Raising money to support rainforest communities as well as raise awareness of the negative impacts of deforestation can also help prevent the destruction of rainforests.