Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

Amazon rainforest fire: WWF blasts lack of ‘worldwide outrage’ over path of destruction | World | News

The charity, whose acronym stands for the World Wide Fund for Nature, took to its Twitter page in apparent frustration to raise awareness of the wildfires while drawing a comparison to the attention the Notre Dame inferno got earlier tin the year. The post said: “There was worldwide outcry when the Notre Dame cathedral was on fire. Why is there not the same level of outrage for the fires destroying the #AmazonRainforest?” They organisation shared a shocking video of the flames burning through the rainforest – the world’s largest tropical one.

The charity’s 228,000 followers joined in the condemnation.

One said: “The Amazon Rainforest produces upwards of 20 percent of the Earth’s oxygen. This is not only a majestic spiritual and physical treasure of our world, it is a crucial part of our life support system.”

Another said: “Because it’s not in our own backyard. People must recognise these forest fires will have massive effects to each of us. Start thinking globally.”

A third commenter added: “More importantly, where are all the billionaires who were so eager to pitch in to rebuild Notre Dame? Do they think this will not affect them?”

A fourth said: “It’s disgusting to think that news coverage is scarce in regards to these fires. Despite the lungs of the planet being charred, its declared un-newsworthy compared to the damage of the planet’s cosmetic.”

A fifth added: “Once it’s gone it’s gone for GOOD ! #AmazonRainforest #AmazonFires.”

Though others also gave their reasons for showing less concern.

One commenter said: “It burns every single year though and it’s been happening for decades, just a little more so this year, be more selective with your words and information.”

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This came after Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro sacked the head of the agency following spats over its data.

Mr Bolsonaro has been widely blamed by conservationists for the wildfire surge after he was accused of encouraging loggers and farmers to clear the land, the BBC reports.

They claim this is the cause of the acceleration of the fires.

Mr Bolsonaro shrugged off the data, and said it was the “season of the queimada”, when farmers typically use fire to clear land.

He added: “I used to be called Captain Chainsaw. Now I am Nero, setting the Amazon aflame.”

He then appeared to suggest non-governmental organisations had stared the fires to get their revenge on him over the lashing of his government funding.

Inpe researcher Alberto Setzer said the number of fires were not in line with the season.

He added: “There is nothing abnormal about the climate this year or the rainfall in the Amazon region, which is just a little below average.

“The dry season creates the favourable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident.”

The Notre Dame fire happened in April and saw waves of donations to save the historic cathedral.

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