As most of us know, the Amazon rainforest burned for a quite a while this year and unfortunatley this was no natural occurrence. Of course we know about wildfires igniting and spreading in North America naturally, with lighting strikes on hot dry seasons but in the amazon this is not something they usually deal with. Just like hurricanes aren’t in Ireland, and earthquakes aren’t felt on the east coast of the United States.
According to The Washington Post, The amazon forest fires were “caused by humans, set either accidentally or intentionally.” Most of those who want the land within the amazon are “cattle grazers and soybean growers.” that means these people want to cut away at our most important forest just to shake their money tree. (pun not intended).
It’s estimated that “three football fields of the amazon are destroyed every minute” and “half of the clear cutting and burning has occurred in protected land” according to this article in The Week.
Apart from being the earths own set of “lungs” the Amazon is home to hundreds of thousands of indigenous tribes, who are losing their sacred land and home because of these events. Land that has been occupied by their ancestors for hundreds of years are destroyed in a matter of hours.
Visit WWF for an easy way to donate to Amazon relief.