The Amazon is burning. This year, there have been over 73,000 fires (half of which happened in the last 20 days) in Brazil. In the same time period, more than 500,000 hectares of forest have burned in Bolivia. While the fires are raging, there has been little media coverage and almost no international pressure to defend the Amazon.
The government of Brazil under Jair Bolsonaro has been taking away many protections that have led to soaring rates of deforestation. The land is being cleared to make room for more agriculture, mining, and logging.
On Saturday, we will show up for the Amazon. We will march to take a stand for what’s going on. For the lack of international pressure. For the impact the fires have on us globally. For our country and the world to stop being bystanders.
—— We will meet at Boston’s City Hall Plaza at 2pm for a short program and then we’ll march together to the Brazilian Consulate (175 Purchase St, Boston). This is a nonviolent event. ——-
Why is the Amazon important?
🌿 Amazonia and its trees are a significant source for oxygen, and major sink for absorbing carbon dioxide.
🌿 The Amazon region has often been called “the Green Ocean” because evapotranspiration from the vegetation provides water vapor to the atmosphere. Water vapor is critical for South America but also global weather patterns and ocean currents.
🌿 350+ indigenous groups inhabit the region, whose survival is already under increasing pressure due to the environmental and cultural threats they are facing.
🌿 The Amazon is home to more than 1 million km2 of fresh water, a vital resource that is becoming more and more scarce around the world.
🌿 The Amazon is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, and the fires could lead to thousands of new species of plants and animals disappearing.