Yes, the Amazon rainforest has been- and still is!– on fire for 3 full weeks.
🌎Just a little alert to the world: the sky randomly turned dark today in São Paulo, and meteorologists believe it’s smoke from the fires burning *thousands* of kilometers away, in Rondônia or Paraguay. Imagine how much has to be burning to create that much smoke(!). SOS🌎 pic.twitter.com/P1DrCzQO6x
— Shannon Sims (@shannongsims) August 20, 2019
— turducken (@turducken10) August 21, 2019
Brazil president Bolsonaro who also told his citizens “to eat less and poop every other day” is now dismissing the deadly fires, saying that it is the “season of the queimada“, which is when farmers use fire to clear land.
Wildfires do often occur in the dry season in Brazil but they are also deliberately started in efforts to illegally deforest land for cattle ranching, similar to what Indonesia does.
The Amazon rainforest (Amazonia) represents over 50% of the world’s rainforests and produces over 20% of the world’s oxygen.
The fire in the Amazon is critical, not just because it is unprecedented, but because its impact is global.
In the face of extreme climate conditions, deforestation must stop. We have to protect what little trees we have left.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.