The Amazon is burning, and every minute, a new fire is started. The earth’s lungs collapse, and at the same time President Jair Bolsonaro, known as ‘Trump of the Tropics’ just watches it happen. The rest of the world will not let it happen anymore. At View Stockholm, we want to do what we can to save the rainforest, but we need you. Your donation can help to make a difference.
What’s going on?
During the past year, the fires in Brazil’s rainforests have increased by 83 percent compared to the same period last year. Up to this date, more than 72,000 fires have been documented in the rainforest area – which is the highest number since 2003. And according to New York Magazine, a new fire is started every minute.
What causes the fires?
It is still unclear what caused the fires. However, it’s indicated that Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is behind the fires, intending to strengthen the country’s economy and boost agriculture. At the same time, he disclaims all responsibility and blames environmental and aid groups for having set the fire for mobilizing support.
The president has a lack of environmental policy and is known as an outspoken climate denier. This, in combination with controversial statements and the fact that he refuses to receive the world’s help in fighting the fires, only adds more reasons to the nickname ‘Trump of the Tropics.’
Another truth is that we’re in the driest period of the year. That means that the fires spread much faster and easier. Regardless of what triggered the fires, it can’t be denied that they’ve increased drastically in connection with the president’s entry.
Why is it so important?
The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest with unique wildlife. Researchers emphasize that the preservation of the Amazon is crucial to counteracting global warming. This is because the Amazon inhales a significant portion of the world’s carbon dioxide, so-called greenhouse gas, which is considered to be the most significant factor in climate change.
If the rain forest disappears due to fires and deforestation, the effect will be less rainfall and eventually, the entire area will become a savanna. The side effect of the savanna landscape is that 200 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. This will increase the planet’s temperature and the occurrence of weather disasters such as heatwaves, droughts, and further fires.
It is a vicious cycle that has catastrophic consequences for the climate, the planet, and human beings. In other words, the side effects of a damaged rainforest extend far beyond Brazil and its neighbors. It is a disease that affects us all. If the lungs die, the rest of the body will die as well.
How does the public react?
In line with the increasing fires, news, hashtags, and help initiatives are spreading around the world. Bolivia has so far lost 2 million hectares of its forest land. Thousands of animals have burned alive and local municipalities are losing their homes and livelihoods with no action from the sitting President Evo Morales.
The crisis has now caused the Bolivian people to act through social media. Individuals and local businesses organize fundraisers and donation centers to combat the ongoing inferno. They ask the rest of the world to work together by spreading the news and donating to crowdfunding initiatives. It’s easy to feel powerless here at home, but you don’t have to be a firefighter or a multimillionaire to contribute. All contributions are significant, and together we can fight the fire.
What can you do?
Donate directly to Bolivia at waterthruskin.com/aid-bolivia
Donate to the Rainforest Action Network to protect an acre of Amazon rainforest.
Amigos de la Fauna Silvestre
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Also, keep an eye on Change.org. A lawyer in Rio Brancho has compiled more than 4,550,000 signatures with the goal of investigating the cause and actions surrounding the fires.
Donate to Amazon Watch, an organization that protects the forest and works to combat climate change.
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