The raging wildfire of Amazon has been on the global news breaking the hearts of environmentalists and the people having concerns for the planet earth. The burning of the Amazon rainforest which is considered as ‘the lungs of the Earth’ has been enveloping a swathe into smoke which is even visible from the space.
But even as the wildfire continues scorching a part of the Amazon rainforest, the politicisation of the tragedy on the environment has already turned into a blame game. Environmentalists across the world believe that the fire was ignited by humans for economic benefits to clear forests to obtain field for farming.
Recently, Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro fell into criticism for accusing the non-governmental organizations assuming that they caused the fire to hurt the government which establish no evidence whatsoever.
The largest rainforest is the lungs of the planet Earth for it absorbs billions of tons of carbon dioxide and produces 20% of Earth’s oxygen. Also, the rainforest is home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species.
The wildfire has been burning the forests for more than two weeks straight. As per a report of National Institute for Space Research, it validates the fact that there have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year – a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year.
The state of Amazonas has declared an emergency while social media is bringing it on-trend using #PrayforAmazonia.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) posted a photo on twitter captioning, “Smoke from wildfires in the #AmazonRainforest spreads across several Brazilian states in this natural-colour image taken by a @NASAEarth instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite. Although it is fire season in Brazil, the number of fires may be record-setting: https://go.nasa.gov/2zbdf9f”
Expressing grief, Telegu actor Mahesh Babu tweeted, “Deeply disturbing news… the #AmazonRainforest, rightfully called the ‘lungs of our planet’… contributing to 20% of the world’s oxygen is on fire!!! This is a wake-up call for all of us who are taking our planet for granted… #PrayfortheAmazon.”
Bollywood mainstream actor, Alia Bhatt also voiced for nature, “The ‘lungs of our planet’ are burning! The #AmazonRainforest is home to about 3 Mn species of plants & animals and 1 Mn indigenous people. It plays an important role in keeping the planet’s carbon dioxide levels in check. We won’t exist without it! #SaveTheAmazon #PrayforAmazonas.”
The ‘lungs of our planet’ are burning! The #AmazonRainforest is home to about 3 Mn species of plants & animals and 1 Mn indigenous people. It plays an important role in keeping the planet’s carbon dioxide levels in check. We won’t exist without it! #SaveTheAmazon #PrayforAmazonas https://t.co/9rKfTYXolL— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) August 22, 2019
The concern for the environment has been a constant struggle due to the political angle to it. The home to the million species just needs saving this time.