The Fires That Are Shaking The World

Lydia Nelson, Staff Writer

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The Amazon Rainforest is in trouble. Wildfires that started in August are continuously streaming across its vast environment, and they have not yet been stopped. Not only have thousands of habitats been destroyed, but the threat of global warming has escalated with the fires still consuming wildlife and the massive trees that once were homes to massive amounts of animals. 

With this environmental warning, people all around the world are concerned about what that means for the Earth itself. In her article titled “Amazon Rainforest Fires: Everything we know and how you can help,” Shelby Brown quoted Greenpeace, a world organization focused on helping the environment: “In addition to increasing emissions, deforestation contributes directly to a change in rainfall patterns in the affected region, extending the length of the dry season, further affecting forests, biodiversity, agriculture, and human health.” With this knowledge, humans need to take extra precautions to protect the Amazon Rainforest. If we do not take care of our environment before ourselves, we might have a world that becomes a shell of what it used to be. 

In addition, the rainforest is struggling to be saved because of the surrounding political arguments that are taking place in the country of Brazil. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, mentioned some degrading words about the Natives in the Amazons, and the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro pronounced that he would not accept any amount of aid from France until the President himself gave him and his country a formal apology for his words against the Brazilian Native population. People and politicians in countries such as Canada, the US, Venezuela, and Italy are all working hard to provide money and support for the fires that are continuing to plague the forests that have kept the people of Brazil and South America content for hundreds of years, so in the long run, the rain-forests will be protected.   

Although the exact cause of the devastation has not yet been discovered, humans are at the center of the mystery. There are logging and mining businesses that work at the rain-forest, and they have to burn trees to clear out sections for land, as well as humans who are farming or raising animals.

In order to save the Amazon Rainforest, all of us must consider more than just our surrounding communities; we have to look at the state that our world is at today and find a way to help those who are struggling the hardest for survival.