All you need to know about the Amazon rainforest fire

Remember how that movie gave us an insight of our future in the past? Remember how it conveys tyranny of not having a difference between day and night, in the future? That time has come. The predictions are set right.

What’s happening?

The sky randomly turned dark in Sao Paulo, a municipality in south east region of Brazil, at around 3:15 in the afternoon and the meteorologists believe that it is from the smoke coming from fires burning in Rondônia( a central western state of Brazil) which is nearest to The Amazon Rainforest, approximately 17,000 miles away. The city is covered in blankets of smoke and ash.

This news came into notice by NASA, last week, which released satellite images of a patchwork of smoke covering Brazil. Regularly, Amazon does have a fire season from August to October, but the situation only in the beginning is so worst that it could be detected from the space. There have been a total of 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region, INPE said. That’s more than an 80% increase compared with the same period last year.

Earlier this month, the largest state in Brazil, Amazonas, declared an emergency due to a rising number of forest fires, according to Euro News. In 2019 so far, they’ve already released 200 megatonnes of the greenhouse gas. According to the Global Fire Emissions Database, 8,668 fires have been detected in Amazonas as of Monday. The rainforest which is known as lungs of the planet, because it provided 20% of world’s oxygen and is also a home to uncountable number of species, is today being burnt to ashes because of human intervention and greed.

The European Union’s satellite program, Copernicus, released a map showing smoke from the fires spreading all along Brazil to the east Atlantic coast. The smoke has covered nearly half the entire country, and is even spilling over into neighbouring Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay, reported CNN.

According to the INPE, more than one and a half soccer fields of Amazon rainforest are being destroyed every minute of every day.

Who to blame?

The environmentalists and the activists are majorly blaming the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro and his government, for the depletion of the major rainforest of the world. Jair Bolsonaro, was a former army captain, who in his campaign promised economic development for the country by exploring economic prospects of Amazon forest.

He was also involved in a controversy over firing the director of INPE( National Space Research Institute, Brazil) after he showcased satellite data of 88% increase in deforestation since the month of June. He called the data ‘lies’ and called it harmful for trade negotiations.
The budget cuts and federal interferences is making it even easier for people to exploit the rainforest. Greenpeace called the Bolsonaro’s government a threat to climate equilibrium.

If we look at the happenings from a much larger perspective then we could conclude that ‘WE’ together as the citizens of the world are at blame. The warnings have been around for years, the threats were predicted long before, but it is only when our asses are on fire that we understand that we were engulfed in this bowl of fire since time being. Climate change is at its peak. The glaciers are melting, forests are turning to ashes, the air is filled with killing smoke, water is almost scarce, the flora and fauna are dying and the world is on brink of extinction.


We can start small, try climbing the tiniest walls. At an individual level, we could start with actually saving water and helping in reducing carbon footprints.And most of all, we could raise our voice. We live in an almost democratic world, where people are centre of power, we could raise our voices, bring awareness and to an extent also compel governments to do its duty and use its power to save the world. We do not have much time, but there is hope. A hope for the generations to come. A hope for a functional utopia. A hope for a better and healthier world, where all of the biodiversity could live in harmony. Lets work on this hope.

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