Stop the burning of the Amazon rainforest!
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My name is Gabriel, I am a lawyer and I live in Rio Branco, in the heart of the Amazon. I am here because we need to ask all levels of Government in Brazil to mobilise and help us put an end to the burning of the Amazon rainforest!
We are asking the authorities to set up an inquiry to investigate what is leading to the increase in fires in this region and hold the culprits to account.
According to the Brazilian Space Agency, this year the number of Amazon forest fires increased 84% compared to the same period of 2018. And I live this daily, I have never seen so many fires in such a short time. There are 71,000 new fire points.
More than half of the fires are in the Amazon, which is not only killing biodiversity and ecosystems, but also damaging the health of millions, especially the elderly and children who cannot breathe due to smoke.
Last Monday afternoon, the population of São Paulo was surprised to see the city going dark at 3pm from the heavy smoke billowing from the fires in the North. And that made us understand one thing: it doesn't matter if we're northerners or southerners. Whether you are living on the banks of the river or an executive working in the city. The dismantling of environmental policies will affect all of us.
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