Wild forest fires are often unpredictable and nearly unstoppable forces of nature. Right now, a vast area of the Amazon Rainforest is ablaze. The fire is spreading so fast that, according to reports from the BBC, a football field is incinerated every minute. This has been going on for over three weeks and even longer along the fringes of the world’s lungs (the Amazon Rainforest accounts for 20 percent of the entire planet’s oxygen).
So what the hell is going on? Also, why was the Amazon Rainforest only trending on Twitter for the first time yesterday? We explore.
The Political Side Of The Matter
Brazil’s newly elected leader, Jair Bolsonaro, campaigned on reopening the Brazilian Rainforest for industrialization. He even went so far as to promise he’d take away all Indigenous territories and “give guns” to ranchers, loggers, and miners. It was dire campaign rhetoric from a far-right candidate. The thing is, he seems to be doing exactly what he promised.
Life for Brazil’s Indigenous populations has been devastated. And, within a week, Brazil’s parliament will vote on whether to take all rights away from Indigenous landholders and give agribusiness and the mineral extraction industry a “legal” right to take whatever they want from whomever they want.
So, what does all of this have to do with the Amazon Rainforest burning down at alarming rates? Well, basically, farmers, loggers, and miners are simply clearing the land of forest, animals, and people with the instrument of fire. They’re emboldened, no doubt, by Bolsonaro and his cadre of comrades. In short, their tactic is to clear the land and displace the Indigenous population is uncontrolled wildfire.
Why You Should Care
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The AMAZON RAINFOREST has been burning for 3 weeks ….. WTF! Nobody is saying a word ! Nobody is doing nothing for our largest rainforest in the world ! Nobody is doing anything for some of the most beautiful people in the world nobody is doing anything for the animals 😨! Mother Nature is angry with us … you better wake up or she’s gonna give us all the smoke 💨 News /media outlets are quick to cover bullshit and negative stories but won’t talk about the important things 🌍 Pray for Brazil 🇧🇷 All my friends in south America send me updates I’ll keep whosever watching posted and help as much as i can 🤘🏾 TU TU BANGGG • A amazônia está queimando há 3 semanas ….. wtf! Ninguém está dizendo uma palavra! Ninguém está fazendo nada pela nossa maior floresta tropical do mundo! Ninguém está fazendo nada por algumas das pessoas mais bonitas do mundo, ninguém está fazendo nada pelos animais! A mãe natureza está com raiva de nós … é melhor você acordar ou ela vai nos dar toda a fumaça 💨 Notícias / meios de comunicação são rápidos para cobrir besteiras e histórias negativas, mas não falam sobre as coisas importantes 🌍 Ore pelo Brasil 🇧🇷 #brasil #brazil #amazon
First off, we sort of need the Amazon to survive on this planet. As mentioned above, the forest produces 20-percent of all oxygen that we breathe. That’s before we even get to how losing a forest that big will accelerate extremes in weather around the globe and the melting of the ice caps, which is already happening at breakneck speeds.
Yes, the forest has been on fire before. However, according to reliable resources reported on by the BBC, this year has already seen “74,000 fires between January and August — the highest number since records began in 2013.” Then, just in the last six days, there have been another “9,500 forest fires” reported, also according to the BBC. To put that in perspective, that’s double the number of fires from last year and we’re not even in September yet (when parts of Brazil inch closer to their summer).
We’d really like to end this on a positive note. But, well, there aren’t many to find in this story. Bolsonaro has taken to blaming the NGOs who were there protecting the forests in his speeches with no evidence to support his claims whatsoever according to reporting from The Guardian. Bolsonaro has also fired the head of Brazil’s National Space Research Institute for drawing attention to the massive acceleration of deforestation happening in Brazil and the ensuing wildfires.
The only silver lining seems to be that people are starting to take note outside of Brazil as information trickles out. Yesterday, #AmazonRainforest started to trend on Twitter and Instagram has been filling with calls for action to stop the fires.
What will come of the online outcry? As sad as it is to admit, at this point, we really don’t know.
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There was worldwide outcry when the Notre Dame cathedral was on fire. Why is there not the same level of outrage for the fires destroying the #AmazonRainforest? . **UPDATE** We’re all outraged and heartbroken by what’s happening, and it’s easy to feel powerless, but there are things YOU can do. 👇 . 1. Show your outrage. Add this post to your story, keep sharing updates, tag friends, family and influencers. The more voices we have, the louder our call. . 2. Educate yourself. The more you know about the crisis that’s happening, the more that can be done. . 3. Think about the things you eat. Food production is the leading cause of deforestation, as land is being cleared to rear livestock, and to grow feed for livestock. Less demand means less deforestation. . 4. Sign our petition calling on world leaders to put this issue at the top of their agenda. (Link in bio) . 5. Donate to our emergency Amazon appeal. (Link in bio) . #FightForYourWorld #Deforestation #ClimateCrisis #Rainforest #Amazon #ActForTheAmazon