Stop the Burning of the Amazon Rainforest

Stop the Burning of the Amazon Rainforest

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Matthew Perez started this petition to Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources

             In this everchanging world there are so many different things that are simultaneously going on, it can be very hard to keep track of what is happening. This is a problem because there are so many issues that need to be addressed and not enough people having the drive to do so. One of the least talked about problems that has happened just recently is the burning of the Amazon Rainforest and the impact it will have on the Earth if the issue is not resolved. The burning of the Amazon Rainforest for the purpose of cattle raising should be illegal if we want to preserve the natural landmark. Luckily, there is still time to make a difference and put a stop to this catastrophe.

            The burning of the amazing Amazon Rainforest is nothing natural as explained by NASA, “The Amazon Rainforest has been relatively fire-resistant throughout its history due to its moist and humid conditions. But an increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts in combination with human activities in the forest has led to a spike in the number of fires.” A simple statement, yet rich in the value of information it produces; It shows how activities caused by humans are the major cause of the fires across the largest rainforest in the world.

            The fires that have engulfed the Amazon did not just start on their own, so that leads a lot of people to believe there must have been a common source. That common source is the deliberate act of deforestation because of humans viewing this majestic landscape as a means to earn a hefty pay day. National Geographic writer Alejandra Borunda explains in her article See how much of the Amazon is burning, how it compares to other years where the origins of these fires came from. Borunda writes, “Most fires observed in the region are caused by humans. Many are set in previously cleared lands in order to quickly remove any excess vegetation that has popped up. Others are set in land that is still in the process of being cleared, in order to make more open lad for crops and cattle.” It sounds completely hypocritical in the farmer’s point of view if you really think about it. They burn down vegetation to grow their own crops and feed cattle. That is similar to someone digging a big hole and then putting all the dirt back once they are done. It sounds ridiculous does it not? 

             The next question that should be asked is, “What are the consequences to come as a result of this man-made disaster?” The environmental impact on the world is second to none and all of us will suffer in the foreseeable future if nothing is done. According to the Rain Tree Organization, “More than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.” Imagine this: a world where 20% of the total amount of oxygen has just vanished into thin air and over a billion acres of natural rainforest is gone. There is nothing that could replace the Earth’s lungs once they are gone and that is really scary to even fathom. The founder of the Rain Tree Organization, Leslie Taylor, writes, “Experts estimate that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year. As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases.”  This statement explains how we are not only damaging ourselves by the burning, but we are also affecting the lives of various animal and plant species that are in the rainforest. This will undoubtedly have an impact on the way we create new forms of medication because the original ingredients will have been burned up in the fires. Additionally, it will also cause a mass deficit in the animal population and ecosystem across the world because of these inexcusable fires. The innocent deaths of countless amounts of biological life will have all been for profit and social glory among people who could not care one bit about these creatures.

            This petition will be sent directly to the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources so they see that this issue is real and that something must be done. It is time to cut the problem off at the source and stand up to these inconsiderate people that have no value in their heads other than money. Please sign this petition and share by any means necessary so that our future can be guaranteed with a beautiful rainforest that provides so much for us. Thank you for your support. 

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