Milton Hatoum, the noted Brazilian author, had penned the novel ‘Ashes of the Amazon’ in 2005 on the Province of Amazonas. Perhaps, the ongoing forest fire reminds many Brazilians of this publication…
Amazon Rainforest experienced fire in the past, and that too, on a regular basis. There are only two seasons in this particular region: heavy monsoon and monsoon! Amazon receives lesser rainfalls in June, July and August. Usually, hot and humid weather condition prevails in the region mainly because of additional moisture! Sometimes, the region also experiences sunshine. Often, the heavy monsoon triggers floods in Amazon, prompting the local tribes to make floating houses to live on water! On the other hand, dry weather condition increases the chance of fire in the forests during low monsoon.
In last June, an Indian delegation visited Manaus, the capital of Amazonas. The city is situated on the banks of the Negro River in North-Western Brazil and it is a major departure point for the surrounding Amazon Rainforest. Just outside the city, they discovered dense forests and beautiful greenaries. While roaming in the forest in one fine evening, members of the delegation saw scattered coils of smoke. Their driver told them: “What seems to be smoke, can be the evaporation caused by the photosynthesis of so many trees. It may also be forestfire… dangerous men are in power and they have never tried to develop Amazon!” Before their return to Brasilia, one of their friends advised the delegation to leave early for the airport. He said that some people close all the roads in the dark at night, as they cut trees and traffic those to a different place.
The Government of Brazil has long been neglecting the Amazon Rainforest, as 20% of the forest has been completely destroyed. As per Government Data, the Latin American Nation has experienced an irreparable loss in 2019!
President Jair Bolsonaro
(Unfortunately?) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is still in a relaxed mood! Since becoming the President in January, he has deprived various local tribes of their Right to Forests. The condition of those tribes – who depend solely on the forest for their shelters, food and medicines – has turned worse. The destruction of the world’s largest tropical rainforest famed for its biodiversity will surely have an adverse effect on Global Climate. However, that is a Secondary Issue, as the tribal people are already in a serious crisis!
Some believe that the President’s men set the forests on fire, as the Bolsonaro Administration plans to build factories there! Of course, there is a room for debate on this issue. However, the people are blaming the Government for sitting idle even in such a crisis situation. While neighbouring Bolivia has purchased huge tankers to save the other part of the forests, President Bolsonaro has claimed that NGOs are responsible for the forestfire as they are conspiring against his Government! In an attempt to divert the public attention from the Amazon fire, he has further claimed that the number of jobless people is on the decline in Brazil!
Most importantly, the Government has reportedly ordered schools and offices not to allow anybody to discuss the Amazon fire! Why would, by the way, discussions on Amazon Fire be strictly prohibited in Brazil? It may be because the disaster has become a Global Geopolitical issue! Thousands of animals have perished due to the devastating fire… and, people across the country have taken to the streets to stage anti-government protests!
It seems that the Amazon fire has reunited the Brazilian people, who were divided before electing the Tropical Trump as their President…
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