As the world burns, it’s quickly reduced to the size of the Amazon. I say that, because as globalisation increases, worldwide, forests have decreased, leaving the job of the world’s lungs to the Amazon rainforest. A simple Google search for ‘Amazon rainforest’ will instantly populate your screen with images of smoke and leveled greenery.
Yesterday, the G7 pledged $20 million to fight fires in the Amazon, a sum the Brazilian government rejected. But let’s break this down. $20 million is not much. $20 million between 7 nations is approximately $2.8 million each, a figure eclipsed by Leonardo DiCaprio and friends who pledged $5 million.
There is no positive outcome for the Amazon rainforest in all this, no pressure has been exerted to induce reaction from the Bolsonaro government. Iran faced sanctions, Brazil faces nothing, even though the severity of the two’s actions amounts to the same. An apocalyptic knife edge.
What this lack of action tells us, is how entangled industry is in the Amazon rainforest, and that attempts to pressure Amazon controlling regions may supress industry worldwide. These are clear symptoms of profit over environment, and it is the same old routine when it comes to oil and climate change.