The Problem is Not the Fire, It is the Government

The Amazon rainforest in Brazil was reported to be ablaze since early August of this year. Man made fire began this tragedy for agricultural use and cattle herding, which has been the practice for years. However, with the rise in global temperatures, it has been more difficult to manage them, therefore leading to the catastrophe seen today. Through media coverage, world wide concerns have arisen, but Brazil’s recently elected president, Jair Bolsonaro, and his administration have prioritized agriculture over preservation. Outside assistance has been refused, but their government should allow residents in different areas of the world to help rebuild the Earth’s “lungs”. 

“In addition to increasing emissions, deforestation contributes directly to a change in rainfall patterns in the affected region, extending the length of the dry season, further affecting forests, biodiversity, agriculture and human health,” stated Greenpeace in a CNN report.

The Brazilian government’s agricultural agenda will be impacted by the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and will be detrimental to their country and the world in the long run. By this point, it is no longer about money, but the value of the future. A singular person is important in its recovery, but it will take the dedication and compliance of large industries, such as Brazil’s farming businesses, and conservation organizations for any significant action to be taken. Devaluing large forests will speed up the process of global warming, and lower the air quality in the surrounding geographical location. Furthermore, it will spike extinction rates and throw off natural weather cycles in the surrounding climate. The selfish actions being taken by the Brazilian government is the same mentality that will lead to the downfall of the human population and the quality of life as the years begin to pass by. Indifference is ignorant when the health of the environment is the responsibility of an elected representative, for their overall duty to protect their citizens.

The only way for the Amazon rainforest to replenish itself is with the cooperation of its government to accept the help being offered. Sign Greenpeace’s petition for the Brazilian government to take action for the Amazon rainforest’s recovery at


Brown, S. (2019, August 26). The Amazon rainforest is on fire: What we know and how you can help.