The Amazon rainforest supplies one-fifth of the world's oxygen supply. It is currently burning at an unprecedented rate, and the international community is worried. French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the G7 Summit members to place this "international crisis"at the top of the agenda. However, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who will not be attending the summit, accused his french counterpart of evoking a "colonialist mentality" that is out of place in the 21st century.
The footage shows Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populous city, at 4 p.m. on Aug. 19. Strong winds had blown the thick smoke from the fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest 2,700 kilometers away into the city, leaving the city in complete darkness for about one hour. Data from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research showed that the country has seen 74,155 wildfires this year, an 85 percent increase compared to the same period last year. The institute's scientists also confirmed that 99 percent of the fires resulted from human actions. Since Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing nationalist who is known as "Brazil's Trump," took office in January 2019, he has put money above everything else and has allowed the development of rainforest that was previously protected, ignoring the important role that rainforests play in absorbing carbon dioxide. After the fires started, he accused certain domestic NGOs of starting the fires in retaliation for losing state funds under his administration, even though there was no evidence to support his statement. On Aug. 22, during the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week in Salvador, the capital of Brazilian state Bahia, Brazil's minister of the environment gave a speech, and was booed by NGOs.
Lie, lie, lie! The violence against the environment is, I have no words to describe it. But it is very intense, we have the release of pesticides, we see the fires and the lack of positioning from the government, and that is very worrisome.
On Aug. 22, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that "Our house is burning" and "The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20 percent of our planet's oxygen - is on fire." He proposed discussing this emergency as the first order of business during the upcoming G7 Summit, which starts on Aug. 24. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also expressed his concerns over this issue. In response, Bolsonaro tweeted that the French president's suggestion that Amazonian issues be discussed at the G7 without the participation of the countries of the region evokes a misplaced colonialist mindset in the 21st century.
說謊 說謊 說謊 對環境的暴力 我已經沒有話可以來形容 是非常嚴重的
我們使用殺蟲劑 我們看到大火以及政府的缺乏定位 讓人非常擔憂