Fires cause widespread damage to Amazon


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Daley Coats, Staff


The Amazon Rainforest has been burning for weeks now and its effects are now on a global scale.

The Amazon Rainforest is approximately 1.7 billion acres. That is 1.7 billion acres of trees absorbing carbon from our air and turning it into breathable oxygen. That is 1.7 billion acres of trees helping fight off our ever-growing production greenhouse gases. That is 1.7 billion acres of trees that are one of our only barriers left to help turn our global climate crisis around.

This rainforest is an important part of the Earth’s health, the survival of animals, and the survival of the human race.  Without it, our Earth would be pushed in a drastic global climate crisis, more than it is now. The lungs of the Earth are on fire, and there is nothing being done to stop it.

According to The Week, more than 4.8 million acres of the rainforest has burned, and more than 36,000 out of the 77,000 fires have been started in the month of August alone. These fires have turned a record-breaking high for rainforest destruction since 2010, resulting in a huge greenhouse gas spike, and the further increase of warmth of our Earth.

The greenhouse gases are not the only result of this massive fire, but the rapid decrease of animals as well. According to National Geographic the Amazon Rainforest is home to 10 million species and 10 percent of animals living on this planet. Every mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, and fish rely on this vast forest to provide them with the resources they need to thrive and survive. 

As of right now, the World Wide Fund of Nature has issued a warning that 265 endangered species are at stake with how rapidly the fire is spreading. The animals that we have come to love and cherish could possibly be in rapid decline or even become extinct once this fire is finally over. 

Although there have been many false claims about the Amazon fire, the notion still stands. The Amazon Rainforest is on fire and it plays a huge role in the production of this world’s oxygen supply. This fire is threatening the plants, animals, and tribes around it.

 According to The Guardian, fires have been reported in protected indigenous reserves in Brazil. Raising fear among the indigenous people, and the people who have fought to protect these tribes. These Brazilian tribes have fought through protection laws, deforestation, and plenty worse, to have it all taken away due to the mass burning of their forest and homes.

Speculations have been thrown into the hands of Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, that these fires were not primarily due to natural causes, but actually due to the urgent need of space for cattle farming. An investigation, conducted by Brazil’s federal prosecutors, is under way into the speculation that parts of the rainforest were under deforestation for high cattle population, but due to the incapability to have massive parts of the rainforest removed through the logging of trees, a “controlled fire” was started to clear the horde of trees in a more rapid fashion. This action is under investigation and is believed to have been a monumental part of the accelerated pace of the now 4.8 million acres burning in the Amazon Rainforest in the months of July and August.