For several weeks, the Amazon rainforest has been ravaged by huge fires. Many posts on social networks through hashtags such as #PrayForAmazonia, however, show clichés often old. To give us a true overview of what is happening, Greenpeace has just unveiled photos taken on-site a few days ago.
Sometimes very old photos
On August 21, 2019, Le Monde alerted on an embarrassing phenomenon. Since the Amazon rainforest burns, many publications are relayed on social networks by indignant Internet users. Nevertheless, the fact is that the pictures illustrating the extent of the disaster are older! Several examples are given by the newspaper, including a picture of a forest fire that was taken in … 1989!
While the actual clichés of the current disaster are not legion, Greenpeace published this August 26, 2019 a statement, explaining to hold dozens of very recent snapshots. These, published on the Greepeace Media platform, were taken by the Brazilian photographer Victor Moriyama on August 23 and 24, 2019 during an overview of the Brazilian states of Rondônia and Pará.
The program of Bolsonaro incriminated
In the statement, the statements of DanicleyAguiar and MárcioAstrini were relayed. The first is the leader of the Amazon campaign at Greenpeace in Brazil, and the second is the public policy coordinator of the NGO, still in Brazil. They are talking about a vicious circle we must end, caused by the Bolsonaro government’s anti-environmental agenda. According to them, the vast deforested areas surrounded by fumes are proof of the progress of agriculture on the forest. Moreover, the increase in deforestation in the region is no doubt compared to the situation a year earlier.
The NGO also recalls that this massive deforestation increases greenhouse gas emissions, which amplifies the impact on climate change. It is also about the fact that extreme weather events are favored, threatening biodiversity, health and food security. Finally, the image of Brazil is tarnished internationally, and some players in the agri-food already admit that this Brazilian policy could have disastrous economic consequences.