Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has sought the support of the nation to mobilise the Army to help combat the Amazon fires.
The wildfires in the Amazon rain forest have drawn international attention. Wildfires have been raging in the Amazon for three weeks. The extent of the area damaged by fires has yet to be determined, but smoke has choked Sao Paulo and several other Brazilian cities in the past week.
According to the satellite data provided by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE), this year, the wildfire area increased by 82 percent compared to 2018. Experts from across the world are warning about grave consequences of the fires.
European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America. French President Emmanuel Macron in an emotional tweet said: 'Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen - is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let's discuss this emergency first order in two days! ', Macron had twitted on Thursday.
Many tall leaders across the globe are being expressing their anger at Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an unfolding environmental crisis.
US President Donald Trump, whose skeptical views on climate change Bolsonaro shares, called the Brazilian President to offer help, if needed, in dealing with the wildfires. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that the fires were “not only heartbreaking, they are an international crisis”.
Stung by the international outcry, Brazil distributed a 12-page circular, exclusively seen by Reuters, to foreign embassies, outlining data and statistics defending the government’s reputation on the environment.
Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias insisted that Brazil was “taking care” of the Amazon, and that international concerns over the fires needed to cool down. Although fires are a regular and natural occurrence during the dry season at this time of year, environmentalists blamed the farmers for clearing land for pasture.