In 2019, people will politicize anything if they think they’ll be able to lure unsuspecting people to their cause…
Which is exactly what’s happening with the fire that’s been burning in the Amazon rainforest.
They inject fear and panic where it isn’t needed.
You have to be calm in order to avoid the hysteria spread by traditional media outlets and opportunistic environmentalists. MANY celebrities are using the burning of the Amazon for likes and comments on social media, and politicians from foreign countries are trying to use this fire to their political advantage.
However, in order to understand the truth about the burnings and why there are so many extreme reactions throughout social media, politics, and Hollywood…
We have to seek out the REAL information with hard quantifiable data that brings the truth to light.
Let’s take a look at a few things that are important to know about the Amazon forest itself, as well as the tragic fire that has devastated some of it.
Lies And Misinformation For Likes And Shares
First, let’s address a fallacy…
The Amazon is not the “lungs of the world,” nor does it produce 20% of the world’s oxygen, no matter how much actor Leonardo DiCaprio, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, and French President Emanuel Macron will repeat that misinformation.
The fact is that Amazon only produces about 6% of the world’s oxygen, according to experts like Philippe Ciais, Yadvinder Malhi, and Nail Blair.
Forests certainly produce oxygen, but they also consume all, or most, of the oxygen they produce. Sea algae is the TRUE “lungs of the world” producing approximately 55% of the planet’s oxygen – but that doesn’t fit their narrative right now. We’ll have to wait for the next oil accident for them to bring that fact to light.
Right now, they’re too focused on the Amazon to let anything like facts hold them back.
In the midst of all this reactivism from the Left, a lot of misinformation was published…
Such as old photos of the Amazon showing it differently than it actually was, or pictures of other regions of the planet passed off as the Amazon.
But what they’re NOT talking about is the fact that fires in the Amazon occur naturally (either by an act of nature or accident) all the time…
In fact, according to INPE (National Institute for Space Research), the fires are within the average of the last ten years.
These Fires Aren’t New – Just New To Politics
However, while some believe this recent rash of fires happened naturally – the fact remains that they also could have been started by the actions of illegal miners in the Amazon region. The area in which the fires started is more technologically advanced than many others in the forest, which is why some are doubting a natural cause to the blaze.
This is why the Attorney General’s Office of Brazil has opened an investigation into suspected “orchestrated action” to start fires in the Amazon region.
The Brazilian government is doing what it can…
But they’re still receiving global backlash for their actions…or rather their INactions.
Now, it’s easy to understand why celebrities are making such a big deal of this fire: they are not REALLY concerned about the planet, but rather are concerned with virtue-signaling and getting more engagement on social media.
But what about politicians? Why are foreign politicians sticking their nose in Brazil’s business, in particular French President Emmanuel Macron? What is behind their harsh reactions and attacks on Brazil and its president, Jair Bolsonaro?
At the time of the fire’s online popularity, Macron was experiencing a turbulent moment in France. The level of dissatisfaction with his government was at a whopping 72% in a YouGov poll…
Not only that, but Macron’s administration scored a 21% in “favorable opinion of government actions”.
Is this why he attacked President Bolsonaro?
Was President Macron trying to use the Amazon tragedy as a weapon to leverage government approval and take the focus off France’s domestic problems with continual yellow-vest protests against the high cost of living and political establishment elitism?
An International Affair
The epic argument between Macron and Bolsonaro began on August 22nd, when Macron posted on his Twitter: “Our house is on fire. Literally. The Amazon, which is the lung of our planet and produces 20% of our oxygen, is on fire. It’s an international crisis. G7 members, see you in two days to discuss this emergency.”
Bolsonaro replied on his Twitter account: “I regret that President Macron seeks to use an internal issue surrounding Brazil and other Amazonian countries for personal political gain. The sensationalist tone with which he refers to the Amazon (even using fake photos) does nothing to solve the problem.”
But he didn’t stop there…
He also tweeted, “The Brazilian government remains open to dialogue, based on objective data and mutual respect. 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.”
The exchange of barbs between the two continued and to say that the consequences of these attacks made the diplomatic relations between the two countries uncomfortable would be an understatement.
I would like to state that, as a Brazilian, I do not advocate for Bolsonaro’s personal attacks in response to Macron…
However, that doesn’t mean I don’t understand them, as most people will guess that no president would be pleased to have the internal problems of his country exploited for political leverage…
Nor would they stand having their country’s sovereignty questioned or allow what happens there to be dictated by other countries.
Of course, I’m not here to take away the importance of the Amazon or the natural balance that could be at stake on the planet…
I simply wanted to inform people and give them solid information amidst so much misinformation.
The fires in the Amazon are the Amazonian countries’ concern and no one else’s.
If other countries or governmental groups want to offer help, they should feel free to do so, but with respect and within the terms of those Amazonian countries.
That way we can make this less about politics and more about conservation…
Less misinformation, less exploitation, and MORE preservation are in the best interests of the world – not just the Amazon.