The Political Fires of the Amazon.
The Amazon is the world’s largest and most diverse tract of rainforest in Brazil, with millions of species and billions of trees. It stores vast amounts of planet-warming carbon dioxide and produces 6 percent of the planet’s oxygen.
Today the Amazon is burning and media coverage of the devastation seems to be very meagre and limited. The burning of Notre Dame's roof earlier this year notoriously received far more coverage, a potent symbol of humanity’s indifference to environmental disorder, including climate change.
However this catastrophe seems to not be predominantly caused by climate change; these wildfires causing severe distress to the rainforest & our planet were ignited deliberately. But who would anyone want to bring such devastation? One simple answer. Politicians.
'Brazil’s political leadership has changed in the past year. On January 1, Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right populist who has openly pined for his country’s authoritarian past, was sworn in as president.
During his campaign, he promised to weaken the Amazon’s environmental protections—which have been effective at reducing deforestation for the past two decades—and open up the rainforest to economic development.' - The Atlantic Magazine.
Since his post there has been surge in fires. 'There are 80 percent more fires this year than there were last summer, according to the Brazilian government. This surge in burning has accompanied a spike in deforestation in general. More than 1,330 square miles of the Amazon rainforest have been lost since January, a 39 percent increase over the same period last year' New York Times.
Today during weeks of blazing fires, Bolsonaro rejects such claims suggesting that environmental NGOs were behind the burning.
"Hello, planet! Wake up! Without the Amazon, you can't breathe!" protesters chanted in Rio de Janeiro, as they filled the front steps of city hall carrying painted crosses traditionally seen at funerals. That night, they were mourning the rainforest.
Whatever or whoever is to blame we all as humans are responsible to save our planet and to also to help to stop climate change and expose corrupt governments and politicians. Rainforests are bursting with life. Not only do millions of species of plants and animals live in rainforests but people also call the rainforest their home. Infact, ingenious, or natives have lived in the rainforest for thousands of years. Their lives are in such turmoil and at great risk of losing their history and lives and homes with these fires.
This is our planet we have a imperative fundamental duty to act now before it is too late.