France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, took to twitter on Friday to issue an emergency appeal to members of the G7 summit, to get together and discuss a solution for the ‘ international crisis’ in the Amazon rain forest, which was engulfed by raging fires in recent weeks.
” Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest-the lungs which produce 20% of our planet’s oxygen is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 summit, let’s discuss this emergency first order in two days”, tweeted Macron.
Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, has accused Macron for using the crisis for his own political gain. “I regret that president Macron seeks to take advantage of what is a domestic Brazilian issue and of other Amazonian countries for personal political gain,” Balsonaro tweeted, adding “The French president’s suggestion that Amazonian matters be discussed at the G7 without the involvement of countries of the region recalls the colonialist mindset that is unacceptable in the 21st century”.
The Amazon rain forest is key to slowing down the effects of climate change, thus producing 20% of the world’s oxygen and 10% of the world’s known diversity. The Amazon is also home to around 1 million indigenous people, who are currently at risk. Satellite data from Brazil’s space research agency shows an 85% increase in fires across Brazil, mainly in the Amazon region in recent years. Tiranapost.al