As the Amazon rainforests rage, let’s take a look at what is going in Brazil, both politically and environmentally, which holds the largest part of the Amazon.
Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro, elected on 7 October 2018, was welcomed by a huge crowd, which danced and celebrated after the election results were announced. But soon, most of the crowd died down, simmering with anger at atrocities he made.
Some brazilians say: “If any one of us disagrees, we’re seen as a traitor.” Environmentalists around the world have also started despising him, ever since Brazil’s space agency proved that forest fires have increased in the Amazon by a whopping 84% in his first year, and nothing has been done yet. They say, “Jair is encouraging logging networks and criminal organisations, which has caused the Amazon fires.” Yet, he told the UN, that the amazon remains pristine, and it has been virtually untouched.
Now let’s see how the president has been defending himself.
He told reporters that deforestation and fires in the amazon will never end, as it was cultural, much to the anger of thousands of conservationists and environmentalists. He proceeded to say that the media was exaggerating the amount of the rainforest burnt, and was portraying him in an ‘evil’ manner.
The fate of the Amazon is in his hands. If he chooses to destroy it, more than three-fourth of the Amazon will be wiped off the face of the earth. But the UN is worried, and it looks like they will take action if the logging and the fires do not cease.
Stay tuned to find out more.