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The Amazon is on Fire

Meanwhile in Amazonia... As massive fires rage at a record rate in the Amazon rainforest, Brazilians are sounding the alarm worldwide by using the hashtag #PrayforAmazonia.

Deforestation in Brazil

São Paulo plunged into darkness in the middle of the day…The reason for these shocking images: huge wildfires burning through Amazonia. Since the start of July 2019, forest fires are raging through the Amazonas and Rondônia states, in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest. Several thousands of people have responded to the crisis on social media using the hashtag #PrayforAmazonia. Several elements are to blame for these fires, both on a natural but also human level. The dry season creates the favorable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident.

Tweet:

Let's help share awareness, it's our mother earth (our home) we're talking about!! #PrayforAmazonia

We can’t survive without lungs, Could earth survive without its lungs? #PrayforAmazonas #prayforamazonia

Please pray for it and spread what it's happening because it's not only harmful to Brazil, it is harmful to the whole world! #PrayforAmazonia

In July 2019, the deforestation rate in Brazil was nearly 4 times higher than in July 2018 according to INPE in 2019. Some activists and politicians blame the policy enforced by Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian President, for being the cause of this increased deforestation. On August 13, the smoke produced by the various fires spread across an area of 3.2 million km2. It was this smoke, mixed with that of neighboring countries,that plunged Sao Paulo into darkness, even though the city is located several thousands of kilometers from the various fires. Between January 1st and August 19th, 2019, the number of forest fires in Brazil soared by 83% compared to the same period in 2018 based on a 2019 study by the INPE Queimadas Program.

According to the WWF, Amazonia houses about 50 to 70% of global biodiversity.

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08/21/2019 5:05 PMupdated: 08/22/2019 10:03 AM
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162 comments

  • Richard P.
    11/24/2019 09:46

    Javier Bolsonaro is another Trump, and needs to be impeached.... These two greedy and obtuse dictators need to be eliminated from the planet...

  • Rey J.
    09/01/2019 15:08

    They should impeach that good for nothing president.

  • Alvin H.
    09/01/2019 00:49

    Pure greed & Stupidity!!!

  • Chris C.
    08/31/2019 15:38

    Thank god for the hashtag!!!! Its saving the earth as we speak!!! 😂😂😂

  • Matt S.
    08/30/2019 20:50

    This is not the consequence of an increase in deforestation.. you lost a huge court battle over rights to the land to the natives so you set it all on fire. How much of the Amazon was still unexplored? Well we will never know now cause most of the beauty and species of animal are now dead.

  • Matt S.
    08/30/2019 10:48

    This is not the consequence of an increase in deforestation.. you lost a huge court battle over rights to the land to the natives so you set it all on fire. How much of the Amazon was still unexplored? Well we will never know now cause most of the beauty and species of animal are now dead.

  • Ron G.
    08/30/2019 04:53

    Well if we can’t cut them down will burn them

  • Douglas F.
    08/30/2019 02:12

    Fk news

  • Douglas F.
    08/30/2019 02:11

    FAKE NEWS

  • Ari S.
    08/29/2019 19:02

    How about instead of praying people actually collectively do something because everyone on earth will be effected by it?

  • Devin R.
    08/29/2019 12:57

    Terence McKenna stated what will need to be done to save the planet and to save ourselves 👌

  • Shahjee S.
    08/29/2019 07:39

    Two Nations Theory zindabad Jinnah was right when he said later generations of Indian Muslims, who opposed the creation of Pakistan, would be justifying their Indian identity for the rest of their lives. What a great visionary leader he was!

  • Lyons Z.
    08/29/2019 03:30

    It will grow back.

  • Laura D.
    08/29/2019 00:45

    Humans will kill this planet and all creatures that dwell in it

  • Lucia C.
    08/28/2019 23:56

    😂😂😂😂😂 fake .

  • Khaja H.
    08/28/2019 23:28

    0 Allah pls save amazan forest not human but at least save forest for poor animals

  • Peter S.
    08/28/2019 22:58

    We need more than hash tags

  • Pablo A.
    08/28/2019 07:36

    Fakenews

  • Lou S.
    08/28/2019 07:35

    These are not wildfires. This was on purpose.

  • Miguel L.
    08/28/2019 02:32

    Y se van a quemar por no ver la realidad ..