Flaring Up The Red Signals: Amazon Wildfires
Shrestha Mohapatra | Aug 26, 2019
The world's largest rainforest, the Amazon is home to large numbers of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, most of them unique to the region. A new plant or animal species is discovered there every two days. The Amazon forest, which produces about 20% of earth's oxygen, is often referred to as "the planet's lungs."
What happens if you set ablaze these very lungs?
Sounds like a modern-day dystopia, eh?
Breathing life to this nightmare, an inferno in the Amazon, two-thirds of which is in Brazil, threatens the rainforest ecosystem and also affects the entire globe.
Increased deforestation could cause the Amazon to become a source of CO2. Let alone preserving the planet, the Amazon could begin harming the planet by emitting larger amounts of carbon dioxide and contributing to climate change.
Researchers say that,
There is nothing abnormal about the climate this year or the rainfall in the Amazon region, which is just a little below average. The dry season creates the favourable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire of this magnitude is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident.
It is also highly unlikely for Amazon- a moist and humid rainforest- to sustain a forest-fire for so many days.
Brazil's environmental minister claimed that the fires have been caused by unusual weather conditions, including a lack of rain, increased heat and wind. However, Brazil’s right-wing climate-change-denying president Bolsonaro started to weaken environmental and indigenous protections, and has cut humongous funds from projects dedicated to the country’s environmental agency. Actions speak louder than words. Encouraging entrepreneurs and miners to profit off of the minerals present in Amazon and his not-so-subtle blatant prioritization of business interests over the preservation of resources has emboldened farmers and ranchers to start illegal fires to clear land for cattle. Moreover, the news was reported weeks after the fires had started. Popular opinion states that the news was hushed down by the government to promote their own interests. It doesn’t take a genius to find out who’s the perpetrator.
When he was pointed fingers at by the media and activists, placed a very pre-posterous accusation that NGOs are setting the fires, which was later debunked as null.
The heavy smoke caused a daytime blackout more than 1,700 miles away in Brazil’s largest city Sao Paulo and plunged it into darkness at about 2 pm.
The following image shows Sao Paulo engulfed in fumes.
Sao Paulo which is 1700 miles away.
At 2 pm.
Let that sink in.
Let that sink in because we’re all the perpetrators of this crime.
Will the real criminal please stand up?
Step up from your self-satisfied smug and daze to help.
Taking an initiative
For starters, you could NOT vote for a tyrrant hell-bent on destroying the ecosystem to suit his own capitalistic needs.
- Amazon Conservation Team fights climate change, protect the Amazon and empower indigenous peoples.
- Amazon Conservation Association accepts donations and lists exactly what your money goes toward –– whether it's planting trees, sponsoring education, buying a solar panel and preserving indigenous lands.
- Donate to the Rainforest Trust to help buy land in the rainforest. The organization has saved over 23 million acres and counting since 1988.
- The Rainforest Foundation is committed to making sure donations made reaches projects such as supporting environmental defenders, indigenous advocacy organizations and deforestation monitoring.
You can also contribute in many other ways like changing your lifestyle. For more details, check out this link:
There are many ways you can actually help if donating and other methods seem intimidating to you. The old-school rules of our Moral-Science or Environmental Studies book from school are some of the most effective methods to help save ourselves from the boiling mess we’ve created. From hacks as simple as saving water to cutting down on meat can be very helpful. It might not be a fun method to tackle the issue at hand but it will definitely have a long-term effect.
This is not the time to sit back and let the chaos unfold into something monstrous. Step away from the shroud of complacency and indulge in reformatory actions. Don’t be ignorant. Educate yourself about ways you can contribute and save the environment.