What is going on in the Amazon?
In the past month, over 26,000 forest fires have continuously burned across the Amazon. The majority of these fires have been set off in Brazil, where both small farmers and large agribusiness operations clear the land with a “day of fire.”
Sadly, these practices result in both the devastating loss of the Amazon rainforest and the release of massive amounts of CO2 into the air. The rich diversity of life in the forest finds itself in flames, and indigenous and local people who depend on rainforests worry about their survival.
Why it matters:
The Amazon rainforest sustains life on Earth. As the world’s largest rainforest, it is a vital carbon sink that cools our climate by absorbing our carbon dioxide. The Amazon breathes life into the world with oxygen, fresh water, medicines, and millions of species.
These Amazon fires are record-breaking, but not new. Every year fires are intentionally set in the dry season to clear the forest for beef, soy, and other crops that we consume. Decades of deforestation in the Amazon is now pushing this self-sustaining system to the brink of collapse.
Most of these fires cannot be put out. What we can and must do is protect the intact rainforest that remains.
If you haven’t had time to read through the various news articles regarding the Amazon fires, we understand. We’ve compiled the most important facts from a wide range of sources to give you a substantive summary of the fires, what’s driving them, and how this affects the local and indigenous peoples living in Brazil.
Please let us know if you think there’s a story or important piece of the puzzle that we’ve overlooked. We’re committed to giving you the best news on the issue that we can provide.