The Amazon Rainforest Has Been Devastated By Fire For Weeks, And The World Hardly Knows

People are constantly using the hashtag #PrayForAmazonia on social media users in an attempt to draw the world’s attention to the Amazon rainforest, which has been devastated for several weeks by intense fires that can be seen from space.

Smoke from the blaze has even darkened the afternoon sky in São Paulo.

The cause of the fires is still unknown, but many blame the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, as opening the Amazon to corporate exploitation was a key plank of his election campaign.

The Brazilian government’s National Space Research Institute (INPE) published satellite data in June 2019 which showed that deforestation has drastically increased under Bolsonaro. However, the research was later called “a lie” and INPE director Ricardo Galvão was fired for defending the data.

Bolsonaro has declared that the data showing the increase in wildfires is not accurate, and even blamed NGOs without evidence for starting fires. He said his government is working to control the fires, but it is unclear what measures the administration is taking.

On the other hand, Twitter users slammed the media for not paying enough attention to this “ international tragedy”, as the rainforest has a crucial role in absorbing planet-warming carbon dioxide.

It seems that while Mother Nature is weeping, no one hears the cry. The fires are covering almost 20% of its land up to now, and scientists claim that if the forest destruction increases by another 5%, it will lead to devastating climate changes and even more unfortunate outcomes.