The Amazon Burns

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, in the third week of August, stated that the devastation of the Amazon rainforest is a terrifying face of the destruction of national sovereignty and a crime against the country committed by the government of Jair Bolsonaro.

Satellite data released by the National Institute for Space research (Inpe) shows an increase of 85 per cent this year in fires across Brazil, the majority in the Amazon region.

"The felling and burning of trees, under the tolerant inefficiency of the government, represent an assault on national sovereignty as serious as the sale of Brazilian strategic public companies such as Petrobras, which are expected to take place in 2022," Rousseff denounces in a signed article, published on the web page of the Workers' Party of Brazil.

It must be kept in mind that environmental catastrophe and privatization are dangerous, because while some economic decisions can be reviewed and cancelled, the extinction of the world's largest rainforest and the sale of the seventh oil company in the world are irreversible.

Rousseff points out that "it is no coincidence that on the same day, the neo-fascist government accused social organizations that defend the Amazon of instigating the forest fires, and announced the privatization of 17 public companies as well as the sale of Petrobras, the largest Brazilian company."

She points out that it is a project for the destruction of Brazil, both of its companies and its natural wealth.

For the ex-president (2011-2016), "the defence of the Amazon has become an urgent, immediate problem that must be addressed before it is too late. In one year, more than 72,000 fire outbreaks were recorded in the environmentally rich region of Brazil." In just one week, she adds, there were 68 major fire outbreaks in Indigenous and protected areas, verified by satellite imagery, an increase of 70 per cent over last year.

"The defence of the Amazon is a fundamental issue. At this time, the heart of the planet is burning and bleeding; it needs to be protected from its enemies, among them, surprisingly enough, the current Brazilian government. So we have to go out into the streets for the demonstrations scheduled for this afternoon in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and other cities in Brazil and around the world."

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he is "deeply concerned" about the fires that are devastating significant areas of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and that Brazilian and Peruvian towns are covered with smoke.

"In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to an important source of oxygen and biodiversity," he said on Twitter. "The Amazon must be protected."

(Photo and article: PT of Brazil)

This article was published in

Volume 49 Number 25 - August 31, 2019

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