We believe most of the Amazon Fires have been human-lit and here is why


Source: The Santiago Times

Source: The Santiago Times

Did your heart sink when you heard about the Amazon bushfires? Would it sink a little more if we told you that humanity could be to blame?

The 15th of August 2019, will be a day we won’t want to remember; but maybe we should, maybe this tragedy will spark enough discussions for humans to prioritising their greedy needs and to start focusing on protecting what is left of this polluted and money-oriented world.

Did you know that Christian Poirer, the program director of Amazon Watch dejectedly stated that “The vast majority of these fires are human-lit and set by farmers illegally deforesting land for cattle ranching.”

Ecologists and conservationists have blamed Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro for the current fires, saying he has encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land. Since becoming president, Bolsonaro has opposed protections for the rainforest, saying the land should be used for agriculture and mining. However, Bolsonaro has fought back and claims that not-for-profit organisations (NGOs), whose budgets have been cut are responsible for these fires and have a mission to sabotage the government’s reputation and start global outrage among environmentalists.

But how can we put the blame on one man or an organisation? We ask for these unnecessary things, right? We desire to live in a highly materialistic society. Therefore, over produce for human consumption?

Do we need to over indulge? Do we need that 18k gold ring to sleep better at night? How do we sleep?

Let’s not, let’s spend time on turning this crisis into an opportunity for positive change, so that we don’t end up with a guilty conscience.

PS. spreading a #hashtag won’t do anything to stop these fires.


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