Officials said the fire in the Amazon rainforest is now at a record rate.
The city of Sao Paulo Brazil on Monday afternoon went dark. Forest fires were carried by the powerful wind, which has burnt nearly 1,700 miles away, according to a BBC report.
According to Reuters, Brazil’s space research center INPE has recorded almost 73,000 fires. The sky was black for an hour due to the smoke that came from the blazing fire in the Brazilian states of Rondônia and Amazonas.
“It was as if the day had turned into night. Everyone here commented, because even on rainy days it doesn’t usually get that dark. It was very impressive.” a resident named Gianvitor Dias told BBC.
Not only the residents of the city saw the smoke but also NASA, which captured the fire from space last week.
NASA also suspected that the cause of fire the activity of the people clearing out the land for farming or ranching, as July and August are the months of dry season, because typically the rainforest is wet and humid.
Brazil has now declared a state of emergency because of the rising number of fires in the region.
Based on INPE data, at this point of the year, the case of fire is already an 83% increase from the detected fires in 2018, and the highest number recorded since 2013, Reuters reported.
The affected areas
Satellite images show fires present in the Brazilian states of Amazonas, Rondônia, Para, and Mato Grosso, although Amazonas is the most affected.
However, this fire does not only affect Brazil and its neighbors, because the rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen and has 10% of the world’s known biodiversity.
Amazon is marked as “the lungs of the planet” for it plays a major role in regulating the climate. Without it, the world would dramatically change — a drastic impact on farming and water we badly need everyday.
You want to help? Here are some of the references you could look upon:
- Rainforest Action Network – protects an acre of the Amazonian rainforest
- World Wide Fund for Nature – protects the countless species across the world, including ones in the Amazon
- Amazon Watch – protects and defends the indigenous rights and works of the rainforest to address climate change
- Amazon Conservation Team – fights climate change, protects the Amazon, and empower indigenous people
- Amazon Conservation – accepts donations through tax deduction, and would list exactly where your money goes — you can help plant trees, protect habitats, sponsor education, buy a solar panel, or preserve indigenous lands and more
You could also:
- Help buy land in the rainforest by donating to the Rainforest Trust. This organization has saved over 23 million acres since 1988.
- Go to Ecosia.org to help plant a tree — the founder of the search engine does it for every 45 searches you run through it.
- Study the petition of Atty. Rio Branco in Change.org which has already accumulated over 77,000 of his 150,000 signature goal to start an investigation into the Amazonian fires.
- Double-check the products before buying them through Rainforest Alliance. See if they are rainforest-safe; the site could also give you rainforest-safe products from their alliances.
- Make sure to reduce your wood and paper consumption.
Spread the word now and make your voice be heard in helping to save our mother Earth! .