Imagine all animals scurrying off to find safety as our Amazon rainforest burns to the ground. As trees start falling.. and keep falling.
On August 19, 2019, our Amazon rainforest caught fire… and it’s still burning.
The Amazon has been on fire for months, and here is why. July and August are traditionally the driest months for the forest but this forest fire was started by humans. Environmental organizations and researchers said that the fire started from cattle ranchers and loggers who wanted to clear the land.
Our Amazon rainforest is known as the “lungs of the world”. This is because the Amazon produces 20% of oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere. The Amazon helps us so much, it takes in carbon to give us oxygen. About 7,200 square miles of the Amazon has been burned or consumed by fires.
The Amazon rainforest burning has been affecting our whole world. Wildfires release large amounts of carbon dioxide, brown carbon, and ozone precursors. These affect radiation, clouds and climate.
There are ways we are trying to stop the fire. The Brazilian President has been involved with the French President Emmanuel Macron, which is trying to organise world leaders to help the environmental crisis.
We can help the Amazon rainforest by donating to an organization that supports helping combat the fire. Any donations can help.
Imagine all animals are safe; imagine all our trees green and standing. Our planet’s Amazon forest standing still, healthy. This is possible.