By Sunny Samanta
No, this is not about the amazing Amazon Fire 7” Tablet, otherwise known as Kindle, rather the more precious Amazon Rainforest which now has been engulfed in fire for almost 3 weeks. So much so, there hasn’t been any really efforts been made for both awareness, help and rescue until recently when Hollywood celebrity, Oscar winner and Environmentalist Leonardo DiCarpio shared an image of the burning forest on his Instagram handle. He followed it up with a series of more photos of the tragic state of the Amazon rainforest while explaining the importance of the biggest rainforest on the planet earth and how it can have severe aftermaths. In one of his shared image he captioned the rainforest as, “Lungs of the earth are in flames.”
He further added,
“The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution. Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check.”
Clearly, his post which has now garnered more than 3.6 Million Likes have created a ripple impact across as other celebrities like Cristiano Ronaldo and Ariana Grande have too pitched for the cause in saving the Amazon rainforest. Even the United Nation General Secretary Antunio Guterres and French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to express their concern.
Even the Brazil President who earlier seemed un-bothered has now seemingly succumbed to worldwide criticism towards his approach and now had sent the army to control and preventing the ravaged fire from spreading more.
Earlier, he had made a statement to tell the rest of the world not to interfere. On Wednesday, without any evidence he blamed the non government organizations for setting the fires and now on Thurdays have rowed back to saying that the farmers could be behind the fires.
While measures slowly have now begun to be taken this event does exposed our collective passive approach towards things which are far from us and doesn’t really affect our daily life. It’s important that we take this up as alarming tone and get our acts right as for what it’s worth Brazilian Amazon accounts for more than half of the world’s rainforest and while fire can be natural occurrence in these vast forest, fires in the Amazon have surged by 83 percent compared to last year. Also, the Brazilian Amazon accounts for more than 20 percent of world’s oxygen.
So, hopefully we can learn something out of this ongoing tragedy and walk towards tomorrow well prepared than today. #SaveAmazon #PrayForAmazonian