Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, in a CNN interview with Christiane Amanpour, says “the Amazon is not burning, not burning at all. We have fires this year, a little more than last year.” He says that these fires are not an unprecedented crisis (Video: https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2019/09/04/amanpour-brazilian-foreign-minister-ernesto-araujo-amazon-fires.cnn).
We’re asking our own Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, to condemn President Bolsonaro’s inaction in order to forge a path toward meaningful environmental protections for the Amazon and its people.
Despite the Brazilian government’s denial of the scope of the Amazon destruction, Canada continues to talk trade with Brazil, pushing for environmental protections that are simply not forthcoming (https://globalnews.ca/news/5822097/canada-amazon-protection-mercosur-brazil/). Canada is still trying to figure out ways to put profit over people and planet instead of focusing on our Climate Emergency.
In the meantime:
– The lives and homes of the Amazon’s Indigenous people are under threat.
– Global rainfall patterns will be affected and as a result, crop production (https://globalnews.ca/news/5828481/amazon-wildfires-rain-food-production/).
– A vast ecosystem is destroyed.