A rainforest without rain


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Starting in late August Brazilians disagreeing with the government, walk along the coast with close to 40,000 in attendance. Nearly 30 protests are happening each weekend to try to persuade Brazil’s government to stop the fires and deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest.

Lauren Crouch, Memorial Staff Writer

This past week, thousands of animals are being killed in a fiery blaze, turning one of the world’s most beautiful sights into a dark cemetery. The Amazon Rainforest is home to most of the world’s endangered species and with nearly 9,000 fires spreading through Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and all the way into Peru they are more endangered than before. Even the animals that were able to flee before the fire destroyed their home will still have long term effects that will be difficult for them to inhabit and survive. 

This year the total of fires in the forest has increased to the massive amount of 74,000 which is an 84% increase from August last year. Satellite pictures have even been able to see the flames all the way from space. Knowing that the area is drier than usual this year, Brazilians should have been cautious and taken precautionary actions in case of an emergency like this. 

Not only are the fires affecting wildlife, but it’s also affecting the oxygen levels. Air quality has been extremely low because the forest is the largest carbon dioxide source in the world. It is highly relied on to help the air quality and is currently referred to as “the lungs of the planet.”

The Group of Seven (G7) countries met to discuss how they will send resources to stop the fires from spreading and destroying more land. G7 Nations have pledged to give nearly $40 million in total, with France giving $20 million, Great Britain funding $12 million and Canada giving $11 million for the cause, but Brazil denied the money.

For the past few decades over a billion dollars has been funded to help preserve the forest, but not nearly that much money is available to help stop the fires.

The fires first started because the Brazilian government is encouraging deforestation. The farmers would then be able to expand agriculture and make room for cattle because they are the biggest beef exporter in the world.  

Brazilian civilians are organizing protests to stop the deforestation and also to stop the burning of the forest. In places like Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Paris, London and Madrid, thousands of people walked, furious that the Brazilian government should not have the authority to burn down most of the forest.

All the countries worldwide need to contribute in some way by either giving money or offering support because this isn’t only Brazil’s responsibility. They need to ask for help from other countries and not just try to fix it themselves. 

Celebrities from all over the world are willing to donate money to help prevent the deforestation some of these celebrities include Tim Cook and Leonardo DiCaprio. 

They came to the conclusion that they would send over 44,000 military troops to assist with the firefighters in order to hopefully trap the blaze. They will do this by drenching surrounding areas with water to prevent it from spreading, which is a great way that other neighboring countries could also help rather than by just giving money.

Brazil should accept the money because then, hopefully, the fires will be put out quicker. Surrounding countries should help supply with helicopter water tankers, rather than money because Brazil is relying on the few they have from their military. All in all, Brazil needs assistance, but yet they won’t take it, putting their own motives above one of the world’s most treasured places, except to the Brazilian Government.

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