As one of the most important rain forests in the world burns down, little noise has been made by important news stations for weeks and the world was left in worry and confusion. To say that the locals and environmentalists are angry is an understatement.
The amazon fires began on August 11, and are still making a large mark on Brazil’s ecosystem, one of the largest and most important to our earth and environment. If change isn’t made soon, it will affect our world and lives so strongly, there won’t be much time to turn around and fix our mistakes.
The Amazon can naturally start fires, especially in the drier seasons. But many of the farmers started the fires so they could clear the land for their crops and pastures. Now the land is disappearing at alarming rates.
So far, Bolsonaro has only received support from the U.S. on declining the 20 million dollars to help save the amazon. Trump tweeted “I have gotten to know President @jairbolsonaro well in our dealings with Brazil, he is working very hard on the Amazon fires and in all respects doing a great job for the people of Brazil – Not easy. He and his country have the full and complete support of the USA!”
Despite all of the help Brazil has been offered from celebrities and organizations, they have pushed back against the reports and are denying the help. The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro said his country would accept 20$ million dollars from the G7 economic alliance, but only if the president of France, Emmanual Macron apologizes for calling Bolsonaro mean.
So just from that comment, you can tell just how little Bolsonaro really cares about this issue.
The indigenous people are really struggling with watching their land disappear at an alarming rate. This land is like a church to them, and are now being set on fire. These fires are changing their lives, and the farmers are contributing a tremendous amount.
President Jair Bolsonaro only contributed by giving racist remarks, comparing Indigenous people to animals at the zoo. He also said that no more tribal land would be made into official indigenous reserves. Bolsonaro clearly supports farmers over indigenous people. But all they need is his help, as well as the rest of the world.
But what can we do, and why is it so important for us to help? The Amazon Rain forest isn’t only affecting those who live in Brazil. It affects everyone, and every animal. The rain forest is so important it is referred to as “the lungs of the world.” We as humans, as animals, rely on this rain forest, and without we are gone.
The Amazon gives off nearly 6% of the worlds oxygen. According to National Geographic, it is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, with over 2.5 million species. The Nature Research journal states,” Securing animal and plant diversity while protecting landscape integrity will contribute to soil nutrient content and carbon retention in the biosphere.” This is the one earth we have, the one Brazil Amazon rain forest we have. It is up to us to keep it safe and healthy. If there is no Amazon rain forest, there will be no more humans.
These are ways we can help a forest we rely on, support Indigenous populations, reduce your wood and paper usage, no more red meat, challenge corporations, and most importantly vote!
No more pretending you don’t see what is going on, this is our future.