You read that right. Not much media attention has been given to the magnitude of the burning going on right now in the amazon rainforest. the fact is there is no real way to stop this fire since it is so widespread that it is now impossible to contain. The damage from this will be felt for many years. But more surprisingly, is the lack of concern for this event.
Mother Jones cares about it though. Wait, no they don’t. They only care that people are spreading incorrect photos of the disaster. Now, this isn’t to say that these types of fires dont occur naturally because of lightning, but it’s the size of these fires and the commonality of them happening.
The news outlets haven’t been completely silent on the subject, but it seems that the volcanoes in Hawaii got more press coverage than the fires in the amazon. The fact is, the amazon rainforest supplies 20% of the world oxygen. when you have wide swaths of this organism destroyed that is like loosing a part of your lungs; it becomes harder to breathe.
The main point of contention is that when Notre Dame Cathedral burned the entire world stopped and millions poured in to help with the reconstruction effort. You know–for concrete. However, the amazon which is far more important to actual life on earth…crickets. This shouldn’t be entirely surprising though since the media seems to be more distracted these days than others with all the scandals going on that they really dont cover anyway. Its mainly how bad Trump is. In fact, Trump has already been blamed for the Amazon fire too. Big surprise.
Many Brazilians are blaming their own president for this happening and cite his lose restrictions on the climate that have led to the fires starting in the first place. He has been likened to trump because many of his right-leaning policies.
But what is really at the heart of the matter and what is causing all of these fires? Many would have you believe that its all because of a shifting climate and for many cases you could possibly make this argument. for this case, however, its a tough sell. The fact is that the amazon fires were caused directly because environmental regulations have been ignored all-together in many cases. This has led to more deforestation and with the lack of regulation this creates a perfect environment for such disasters to take place.
People may not understand the direct impact of these fires for many years, but like all things, when the effect finally does show up, it may be harder for most to handle.