The lungs of the earth, the Amazon Rainforest is on fire with the fires spreading at an alarming rate. This is taking us closer to the dooms day faster than we have anticipated. The climatic changes are severe and the wildfire occurrence rate terrifying.
WHICH AREAS ARE AFFECTED?
The satellite images have shown fires in the Brazilian states Amazonas, Rondonia, Para and Mato Grosso. The state of Amazonas is most affected – Euronews.
Sao Paulo was drawn into darkness as the smoke overcasted the Brazilian city reaching it from more than 1,700 miles away. The daytime blackout occurred at around 3 pm on Monday and lasted for about an hour.
WHAT IS THE CAUSE?
July and August being the area’s driest months create favorable conditions for wildfires.
Over the last 40 or more years, the amazon rainforest has been under the constant threat of high deforestation. This also contributes to the conditions.
More than 74,000 fires have been recorded this year and this data is not only shocking but terrifying.
WHO IS BEING BLAMED?
Activists are blaming Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro.
Pages like climatesavemovement and activists including Greta Thunberg on Instagram have been constantly spreading awareness on the climate changes.
The data produced by the activists shows us that ‘since the President Bolsonaro came into power, the amazon destruction has skyrocketed, up over 275% from recorded levels in july 2018. Bolsonaro was recorded saying; “Brazil is ours. The Amazon is ours.” And that Brazil’s under new management.’
A kind of management we are clearly seeing now!
On the contrary, Bolsonaro has put the blame on the NGOs and environmental groups for setting fires, just to defend the criticism he is facing for not being able to protect the world’s biggest rainforest.
HOW ARE PEOPLE RESPONDING?
The news is being spread on social media and the people are heartbroken by the harsh reality. People are unhappy on how they were unaware of the forest being on fire for about 16 days due to lack of media coverage. The hashtags #PrayforAmazonia #SaveTheAmazon and #AmazonRainforest are being used to spread the word.
FACTS ABOUT THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
- The rainforest covers most of the Amazon basin of South America.The area covered belongs under nine nations namely Brazil (60%), Peru (13%), Columbia (10%), Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and France.
- It accounts for more than half of the entire world’s remaining rainforests.
- It is known for having the largest biodiversity in the world.
WHY IS AMAZON RAINFOREST IMPORTANT?
The vast rainforest plays a critical role in cleaning the air we breathe. It sucks up a huge amount of the total carbon emissions of the world and without it the global warming will keep proceeding at exponential rates.
Saving the amazon is a top priority matter for saving ourselves and the world.
Rainforests in general, play an extremely vital role in maintaining good health of the planet. They absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide and produce oxygen in return which is important for our survival. So, no rainforests and no plants equals to no life on earth.
Their role further extends in maintaining the water cycle and have various other important roles like balancing climatic changes.
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
Some other measures you can take:
These are for preventing further climatic changes.
- Stop using plastic bags.
- Use metal straws in place of plastic straws.
- Plant as many trees as you can.
- Go vegan or start reducing your non-vegetarian food intake.
- Use solar energy for powering home appliances.