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This is not just about a fire.
As with all issues that come along with global warming, the fire in the Amazon intersects fiercely with issues in politics, capitalism, culture and economy.
Things have been building up for a long while now. I’m no expert on Brazil, so please correct me if I’m wrong.
Let’s break it down: - Brazil struggles with corruption: high crime rate, poor funding for healthcare and education, an unemployment rate at 13m people + also the economy is shrinking.
- So when President Bolsonaro comes along with promises to get rid of corruption and fix the economy, it’s no surprise he wins with 55% of votes.
- News flash: this guy doesn’t care about the environment so it’s not on the agenda. He vowed to develop the Amazon for mining and farming.
- Brazil is prone to fires in the dry season anyway, and Amazonian agriculture uses fire ‘extensively and intensively’… BUT since Bolsonaro took office in January, the # of fires have surged.
- The INPE (National Institute for Space Research), Brazil’s authority on deforestation, released data that showed the fire surge reached an increase in 83% from the yr before. Since January, nearly 73k fires were recorded - in contrast to 39k for 2018 as a whole.
- Bolsonaro is not happy about the data. He thinks the INPE are ruining Brazil’s image and lying about data, so he fires the chief of INPE. The gov also aims to create a privatised deforestation tracking system which would replace INPE.
- In conclusion, these fires are normal - BUT they are worse this year because ‘deforestation is increasing + farmers + ranchers are being encouraged to use fire more intensively’ almost everyday from the president.
- Germany and Norway have now cut funding to their protection subsidies for the Amazon. The president is making jokes saying Brazil is ‘winning’.
I’ve seen a lot of people posting about the fires and saying ‘we did this’, ‘stop eating meat’, or ‘climate change is here’. While these are all valid responses, there’s a lot more to it. We need systemic changes to fight climate change, so we need to talk about the system and everything that got us here too