We’re all doomed without the rainforest.
For the third week now, the Amazon rainforest has been burning to a crisp. Experts say that if the fire continues, the world as we know it could be in serious serious danger.
The rainforest makes up 20% of the world’s oxygen, which is a pretty big deal. Without the rainforest, we’d have a difficult time cleansing the Earth’s air, because it also plays a part in purifying the air by getting rid of carbon dioxide. Not to mention, it is home to millions of plant life and wildlife.
One biologist says that the number of forest fires has increased since last year.
“The number of forest fires in the Amazon Rainforest in #Brazil is up 82 percent from last year. The fires are purposely set by ranchers to clear land. They then burn out of control. The Bolsonaro govt has eliminated restrictions on burnings. This must be stopped! #PrayforAmazonia.”
The fire has grown to be so big that the smoke has made its way to Sao Paolo, which is approximately 1,700 miles away. It caused the afternoon sky to turn go dark, reports Newsweek. People tweeted pictures of what it looked like in the city.
🌎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
Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro isn’t doing anything to stop the damages. In fact, it seems as if Bolsonaro is a part of the problem. Since he’s been in office he’s been responsible for Brazil’s rainforest and indigenous rights to take a back seat.
His reason is so that Brazil can profit off of the natural resources found in the rainforest. It just goes to show that there are some evil people in this world, who love money more than the sustainability of life.
Another Twitter user compared the rainforest to the Notre Dame Cathedral, which caught fire in April.
“When Notre Dame was burning, the world’s media covered every moment of it and billionaires rushed to restore it. Right now the Amazon is burning, the lungs of our planet. It has been burning for 3 weeks now. No media coverage. No billionaires. #PrayforAmazonia”
When Notre Dame was burning, the world's media covered every moment of it and billionaires rushed to restore it. Right now the Amazon is burning, the lungs of our planet. It has been burning for 3 weeks now. No media coverage. No billionaires. #PrayforAmazonia pic.twitter.com/MHGaxiWFgn
— ~Brie~ (@xfmuoaslx) August 21, 2019
Also, there’s been no major media coverage on this world event.
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