The Amazon fires

Here I share a picture pretending to row a small boat on my way to the community Belgica going through the river Javari in the border Peru-Brazil around 5-6 years ago.

Having been in the Amazon and very close to the matters related to what you are reading and hearing about all over social media, I feel responsible to take some time and write this for you.

The Amazon rainforests have been burning for the past three weeks. Though fires are not unusual, what is extremely serious this time is that scientists explain their 84 per cent increase as the result of human activity, such as: farming, mining and drilling. Meaning: deforestation.

Perhaps I should remind us that the Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest and it is referred to as the “lungs of the planet” because it helps regulate the planet’s temperature through its capacity to generate more than 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen. Global warming, you all, does it ring any bell?

If you need a bit of help, before you google it: it is in South America and it is shared by Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Guyane and Suriname share the Amazon. The affected areas are in the Brazilian states of Amazonas, Rondonia, Para and Mato Grosso. (Btw, check this photo gallery)

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized for his not so timely response and because he seems a bit passive about the emergency explaining it as the burn season or an NGO conspiration against his government.

I feel tempted to quote WWF’s tweet here: “There was worldwide outcry when the Notre Dame cathedral was on fire. Why is there not the same level of outrage for the fires destroying the #AmazonRainforest?”

What is also important here even if this subject seems so out of the reach of our hands, knowledge and decisions is that we educate ourselves. We don’t need to become vegetarians, but where do we think all the meat we eat comes from? We need to educate ourselves about the products we buy and the food we eat. Overall, we need to care. See, we might not all live in the jungle, but the air we breathe is kind of… produced in there.

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