- The Amazon forest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen.
- Half of the ten million species of plants, animals, insects in the world live in the Amazon.
- The Amazon Rainforest is one of the wettest places in the world; 1/5 of Earth’s freshwater comes from the Amazon River.
- The Amazon Rainforest is home to one million indigenous people.
Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro has an approach to environmental issues that mirrors 45’s. Business and profits have priority over people and the planet. Bolsonaro has emboldened arsonists who want to clear the land of indigenous people, and use deforested land to grow soy and grain for cattle feed.
This is, in part, the meat industry at work, willing to destroy the planet and murder people who stand in the way of their profits.
They are destroying the Amazon Rain Forest to grow soy and grain for cattle- the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.
At the risk of sounding like a pushy vegan, (I don’t care what you eat,) I will say that a fraction of the soy and grain used by the meat industry to feed flatulent cattle, could end world hunger.
Seventy-three thousand fires burn in Brazil, and there is no indication that this will end. We are watching an acceleration of the climate crisis.